Xiaomi recently updated its laptop range with the introduction of its brand new Mi Notebook Pro. The laptop was unveiled at Xiaomi's Beijing conference, along with its Mi MIX 2 smartphone.
The laptop's 15.6-inch display is specced at Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution flanked by thin 6.52mm bezels on the side. For an extra added measure of toughness, the panel uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 rated at 7H hardness. It may seem a tad too glossy for some users, but it's an attractive notebook nonetheless.
The machine's aluminum frame and build should also help further in heat dissipation, but it's the clean, no-logo look that caught our eye.
Xiaomi also pointed out that their laptop will come with a 3-in-1 SD card slot, so that should be handy for photographers. It also has two USB Type-C connectors, two USB-A (regular) ports, and a full-sized HDMI port.
It's quite clear that the Chinese brand intends to take the fight to Apple in the realm of light and compact notebooks. All the ports you ever need, on Windows 10 OS!
The Mi Notebook Pro also has a proprietary cooling system: a symmetrical dual fan design, with double inbound and outbound air flow that evenly distributes the heat across the laptop.
Its fingerprint unlocking tech can be found on the touchpad. Underneath it, you'll find a plethora of pretty decent hardware - the Mi Notebook Pro boasts an Intel 8th generation Core i7 processor clocked at 4.0GHz. It offers up to a 40 percent increase in processing performance over its previous chipset because of the architectural enhancements Intel has made to their 8th generation Intel Core mobile processor lineup. Mi Notebook Pro also comes with an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 discrete GPU, and dual channel DDR4 RAM rated at 2,400MHz. Users can expect 256GB solid state storage with expandable storage option, too.
The backlit keyboard is 19 percent larger than the current MacBook Pro's keyboard, and each key has a 0.3mm 'curved design' for a more tactile, ergonomic typing experience. The keys also have a travel distance of 1.5mm (in comparison, the MacBook Pro has 0.6mm travel distance). Xiaomi said that this difference gives the Mi NoteBook Pro's keyboard a feel similar to typing on a mechanical keyboard. We felt that it was closer to the experience than the MacBook Pro (2012), but it's certainly not a mechanical keyboard.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro with a Core i7 and 16GB RAM will retail at RMB6,999 (~RM4,497) onwards. Unfortunately, its availability is currently limited to just China, just like the predecessors. You can find the laptop's announcement news here.