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Xiaomi Mi Notebook vs 2016 Macbook Pro: Apple's Flagship Laptop Has A New Challenger

By Elizabeth Mefford , Aug 23, 2016 03:53 AM EDT

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is suggested to be the new competitor of Apple's Macbook Pro when it comes to specs. Xiaomi's only laptop, which currently sells at $627, houses premium specs that are reportedly quite similar to the Macbook Pro. The Chinese online retailer GearBest is expected to ship the device all over the world.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air comes in two models, the 12.5-inch model and the 13.3-inch model that are suggested to highlight unique designs. However, reports claimed that GearBest will only ship the 12.5-inch model of the notebook. The 12.5-inch model sports a very slim design at 14.88mm that weighs 1.28kg, making it a worthwhile challenger to Apple's Macbook Pro.

Some other specs of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air include 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and a 5,000mAh battery that powers the device which supports fast charging. The laptop is integrated with all the standard connectivity options such as HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB Type-C ports. However, Xiaomi seemed to miss the mark on the device's camera front as it only comes with a 1MP camera.

Meanwhile, Apple's Macbook Pro 2016 is expected to support a USB-C connector similar to Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air. It also sports a Thunderbolt 2 connector support which is expected to transfer data through a process similar to Apple's legacy FireWire connector. Apart from these, rumors and speculations suggest that Apple will be adding more changes to its MacBook Pro line.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air has been reported to come with Windows 10 Home Chinese version and an inactivated Windows 10 Home English version. This may pose a little challenge as some characters may still appear in Chinese even after changing the language in the Settings menu.

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air fans are interested about the device pre-orders, it is now currently open and will ship from Sept. 13. Watch Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air review here.

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