Xiaomi, known as "China’s Apple," has launched its first series of laptops.
(CCM) — On Wednesday, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi launched its first series of laptops along with the latest smartphone in its Redmi series. While the Redmi Pro will stand as the flagship model for its Redmi phone series, the Mi Notebook Air is the maiden attempt by the company to establish a presence in the laptop market. The company claims that its Mi Notebook Air is thinner than Apple's MacBook Air, with an HD display, a full metal body, and edge-to-edge glass protection. The basic version comes with a 12.5-inch screen and weighs 1.07 kgs — a few hundred grams heavier than the MacBook Air. The system runs on Windows with an Intel M3 processor, supported by 4 GB RAM and an expandable 128 GB Solid State Drive (SSD). This version costs 3,499 Yuan (roughly $524.40) and can run for 11.5 hours on a full charge. The more elaborate version has a 13.3-inch screen, with an Intel i5 core processor and an Nvidia graphics card. Coupled with a powerful 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD, it has a Type-C USB charging port that can charge 50% of the battery in just 30 minutes. This version is available at 3,999 Yuan (roughly $599.30).
The laptops will be available in China starting on Aug. 3 and will come in both silver and gold. Meanwhile, Apple is also preparing for the launch of its latest MacBook. Laptop makers around the world seem to be competing to see who can create the thinnest product, with HP's 0.41-inch thick Spectre hitting the market just after Apple's launch of the 0.51-inch MacBook last year.
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