Last year, Xiaomi finally made its entry into the laptop market with the announcement of the Mi Notebook Air, which was designed to be a rival to Apple’s MacBook. Today, the company announced the Mi Notebook Pro, its MacBook Pro rival. The laptop is made entirely out of metal and sports a 15.6-inch display with an impressively high screen-to-body ratio of 81.5%, thanks to 6.52mm thin borders.
The Mi Notebook Pro’s 15.6-inch IPS display offers 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, 300 nits peak brightness, 72% NTSC color space coverage, and a static contrast ratio of 800:1. It is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. Moving on to the internals, the laptop runs on Intel’s new 8th Generation Core i5-8250U processor, clocked at 3.4 GHz. The top end variant runs on the more powerful Core i7-8550U processor clocked at 4 GHz. Both of them are ‘Kaby Lake Refresh’ parts, featuring four physical cores and eight virtual threads. They have a TDP rating of just 15W, which makes them quite efficient. Xiaomi claims the Mi Notebook Pro can deliver up to 9 hours of video playback time and up to 8.5 hours of web browsing time. The quad-core processors can be paired with either 8GB or 16GB of DDR4-2400 RAM. In terms of storage, the laptop up to a 1TB PCIe SSD for ultra-fast performance. Similar to the Apple MacBook Pro, the Mi Notebook Pro isn’t targeted at gamers. The NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU can handle a bit of casual gaming on the side, but won’t please any hardcore gamer out there.
Rest of the key highlights include a fingerprint sensor embedded inside the precision trackpad, a 3-in-1 card reader, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB Type-C ports, dual 2.5W Harman Infinity speakers, Dolby Atmos support, HD webcam, and a full-sized HDMI port.
The base variant of the Mi Notebook Pro has been priced at 5699 yuan (Rs.55,800 approx.), while the top end version with the Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM is priced at 6999 yuan (Rs.68,600 approx.).