One of China's leading smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi, has started to expand its horizons. Most recently, it announced its own take on the MacBook Air with a more powerful graphics processor, the Nvidia GeForce 940MX.
As C|Net notes, Xiaomi's CEO, Let Jun, explained that the company was simply trying to fill a gap within the notebook industry. Normally, ultraportable laptops rely on the integrated graphics within Intel's processors. While it definitely helps save vital space, it limits the gaming capabilities of the unit.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air sports the Nvidia GeForce 940 MX, which is a discrete graphics card. The Chinese company claims that with it, users can play games such as "Dota 2" at 85 fps with full-HD resolution.
The Mi Notebook Air itself looks elegant with its sleek and simple design. The exterior of the notebook has no trace of branding. Only when it is opened is the Mi logo actually visible.
Powered by the Intel Core i5-6200U and running smoothly with 8 GB of RAM, the Mi Notebook Air can definitely hold up on its own. It also has a 256GB SSD, a USB Type-C port for charging, two USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port and a 3.5mm audio port.
The Verge adds that the Mi Notebook Air comes in two models - a 12.5-inch variant and a 13.3 inch variant. The difference is not that great, but the larger model does have a more reliable battery, which will reportedly last for 11.5 hours of continuous use. On the other hand, the 12.5-inch variant is expected to run for a full 9.5 hours.
The larger option is also slightly heavier at 2.82 pounds and costs more at around $750. Meanwhile, the smaller option weighs in at 2.36 pounds and is priced at around $525.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook has been available in China since August 2, but the company has yet to announce when it will be announced in other areas,