Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is the first portable computer released by the Chinese electronics company headquartered in Beijing. Today we will compare it with the Apple’s Macbook Air (13-inch) and let you decide which one of them suits your needs better.
Both laptops come with 13.3-inch displays, but it is good to know that the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is slimmer, having a thickness of only 14.8mm, while the Apple MacBook Air measures 17mm. When it comes to their weight, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air weights 1.28 kg, while the Apple Macbook Air is 0.07 kg heavier.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air is powered by an Intel Core i5-6200U processor clocked at 2.7GHz and backed by 8GB of RAM. The Apple Macbook Air has a slightly weaker Intel Core i5-5250U processor and it is backed by 8GB of RAM. As you can see, the difference between those two processors is not that big, but it seems that gamers will most likely opt for the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, as this laptop comes with an Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU, while the Apple Macbook Air doesn’t have a dedicated graphics card, relying on the integrated Intel high-definition (HD) Graphics 6000.
Lei Jun, CEO at Xiaomi, said that users will be able to play video games such as League of Legends or DOTA 2 at 85 frames per second (FPS) at full resolution, which means that you can play this type of games without any issues. In addition, both laptops come with backlit keyboards, which are very useful during the night or when you are in a darker room.
We’ve also noticed a big difference in terms of display resolution, and we can say that the Xiaomi notebook has a sharper screen, as it supports 1920×1080 pixels, while Apple Macbook Air is settling for a lower resolution of 1440×900 pixels.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air will be available in China starting from tomorrow (August 2, 2016) and it will cost around $750. However, if you will want to go with the Apple Macbook Air, you will need to pay an extra $150 for it.
You can also pay about $525 for the cheaper variant of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, which comes with a 12.5-inch display, an Intel Core M processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). However, this variant of laptop doesn’t come with a dedicated graphics card, but it does have a PCIe port if you want to upgrade the laptop in the future.