Xiaomi Mi Air (13.3-inch) the real MacBook Air competitor.
Xiaomi is a very successful manufacturer in the smartphone market which is, however, regionally concentrated in China. Xiaomi’s business model consists of offering as good devices as possible at low prices to undercut the competition, therefore low or even no profit from hardware purchases is accepted. This strategy showed great success in the smartphone market, at least until 2015, when Xiaomi weakened a bit. Now that success could be repeated in the PC market with the here reviewed Mi Notebook Air.
As we proverbially look upon Xiaomi’s first work, there is, of course, no previous device to compare the Mi Notebook Air 13.3 with. However, the laptop does have a smaller sibling in the form of the Mi Notebook Air 12.5. This one is equipped with Y-class CPUs (TDP 4.5 W). The here tested 13.3-inch model in comparison has the stronger processors of the U-class (TDP 15 W). Neither device is officially available in Germany, as with the smartphones Xiaomi focuses on the Chinese home market. It is possible to import them though for example via the importer Trading Shenzhen. From there we also ordered our test device which is equivalent to the only configuration of the Mi Notebook Air 13.3 available to order with i5, 256 GB SSD, and 8 GB RAM.
13.3-inch variant measures 14.8mm thick and weighs in at 1.28kg.Inside there’s an Intel Core i5 6th generation CPU, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX mobile graphics card, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD with expandable SSD slot.Like its smaller sibling, the 13.3-inch Notebook Air also sports a full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) display with a slightly less pixel density of 166ppi.
The device is powered by a 40W battery pack, which should last up to 9.5 hours and can be quick charged with the bundled USB Type-C charger from zero to 50% in 30 minutes.
Both the variants also feature a full-size backlit keyboard and a 1-megapixel HD camera for video calling.There’s also an AKG custom grade dual speakers with Dolby Digital surround sound support.
Xiaomi also compared its new laptop with Apple’s MacBook Air claiming how despite featuring the same 13.3-inch screen, the Mi Notebook Air is up to 11 percent smaller and 13 percent thinner.