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Xiaomi's First Notebook Is A Potent MacBook Competitor

It sounds like a MacBook and looks like one too, but with a friendlier price tag.

BY Sim Wie Boon | Jul 28, 2016 | Technology

Chinese tech company Xiaomi have just announced their first ever laptop, the Mi Notebook Air, and it looks very ummm familiar. 

The MacBook... sorry, Notebook Air comes in either a 13.3 inch or 12.5 inch variant, both of which sporting full-HD screens, minimalistic metallic design, backlit keyboards and type-C USB charging ports. Inside, it'll be running on an Intel Core i5-6200U "Skylake-U" processor, a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU and 1GB GDDR5 of RAM. Which packs quite a punch for a device that size.

According to Xiaomi, its 40Wh battery will give you 9.5 hours of charge and it can go from zero to 50 percent in half an hour. And of course, in the spirit of competition, they claim the Notebook Air to be 13 percent thinner and 11 percent smaller than their rivals. Wonder who they're talking about. 

The Notebook Air will be available in China starting August 2 and you can check it out here. The larger 13.3 inch model will retail for a very affordable rate of CNY4999 or USD750 while its smaller 12.5 inch model will go for CNY3499 or USD540, which is the highlight of this laptop.