While China’s Xiaomi is popular for its budget-friendly phones, the company has recently entered into all sorts of other tech products.
The Chinese company threw in a huge surprise by unveiling it’s first-ever laptop line, the Mi Notebook Air, on Windows 10 platform. It comes in two sizes – the portable 12.5-inch and the powerful 13.3-inch , and both feature a slim body, a 1080p full-HD resolution with slim under-glass bezels, a backlit keyboard, a USB Type-C charging port plus a minimalistic metallic design -in silver or gold, normally – with no logo on the outside. The best part of all? The top-spec model costs just $750.
Other characteristics include 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive, and if you need more space there’s an additional SATA slot available to increase storage by up to 256GB.
Xiaomi also announced a 12.5-inch version of the Mi Notebook Air that is slightly lighter and thinner at 12.9 mm and 2.36 pounds (1.07 kg). The 12.5-inch will lack discrete graphics, only have 4GB RAM,128GB SSD, and operate an Intel Core-M processor. That downgrading of specs comes with an upside, however – a battery life of 11.5 hours, 2 hours extra than the 13.3-inch model.
If you desire either one of these laptops, the bad news is that Xiaomi will only formally sell the Mi Notebook Air in China. They go on sale on August 2 and will retail for 4,999 yuan ($750).