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The Mi Notebook Air: The ideal Macbook Air alternative

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The Mi Notebook Air: The ideal Macbook Air alternative

Xiaomi, best known among masses for its budget smartphones has made a grand entry in the laptop segment with the Mi Notebook Air. The Air is inspired from Apple’s Macbook Air not only in terms of name, but also in the design elements. Let’s analyse it better.

The first impressions are quite similar to that of Apple’s Macbook Air. Even though they have a lot in common, from design to specs quite obviously Mi Notebook Air will be running on the Windows 10 while Apple’s Macbook Air will be supported by their own OS, Macintosh. A comparison of the two and helps us understand their differences and similarities.

Display

The Mi Notebook has a screen which sports a 1080p resolution 1,920 x 1,080 pixels which is quite normal in laptops ranging from mid range to high range whereas the Macbook Air features a display of 1,440 x 900 pixels. Mi beats Apple in this segment.

Design

In terms of the dimensions Xiaomi has outshined Apple as the Mi Notebook is both slimmer and lighter as compared to its adversary. Even though the Mi Notebook seems to be inspired from Macbook series but they have got the beating of Apple in terms of dimensions.

The Mi Notebook Air features a backlit keyboard, with an HDMI port and also two 3.0 USB ports in the 13.3 inch variant and one in the 12.5 inch variant.

Apple’s Macbook Air also has a backlit keyboard, alongside two USB 3.0 ports in both its variants. The Notebook Air has a full-size HDMI out connection, but in the case of the Macbook Air we also need an adaptor if you want to use HDMI connector. Apple tackles this by using Thunderbolt 2 connections on their machines.

Hardware and Performance

It may sound a bit sound a bit unreal to quite a few of Macbook fans, but Mi Notebook Air has got somewhat same specifications as that of the Macbook Air.

The 13.3 inch variant is powered by 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. It featuresa  256GB PCIe SSD drive along with 8GB DDR4 RAM, and one SATA slot if one wishes to expand.

Apple’s Macbook Air’s both variants are powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with an extra option of upgrading it to the 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7. They sport around 128GB or 256GB PCIe flash storage. This can also be upgraded to 512 GB as per your convenience. The major difference arises when it comes to RAM. The 13.3 inch features about 8GB of RAM and the  11.6 inch features upto 4 GB of RAM.

Battery

The Mi Notebook Air has a 40 Wh battery, for which Xiaomi claims that a single charge (in the 13.3 inch variant) can give out about 9.5 hours of power. The 12.5 inch variant, with the obvious advantage of small size can give upto 11.5 hours.

However, the Apple’s Macbook Air claims claims to last upto a whooping 12 hours in a single charge, and it also has USB type-C. The lower battery lifespan of the Mi Notebook Air can be due to its Nvidia Graphic Card.

Price

The MacBook Air is priced at Rs 50,000 for the 12.5 inch screen while the Mi Notebook Air for the 12.5 inch is roughly Rs 35,000. Safe to assume that the Mi Notebook Air is a one heck of a MacBook Air replacement.