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Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: Xiaomi Laptop - Macbook Air look alike leaked online with Intel processor, 16GB RAM for $480

Introduction


Xiaomi, world’s 4th largest smartphone maker, a name that resonates with great smartphones flaunting some amazing specs, that too at an affordable price, now plans to jump into personal computing devices arena as well, to take on laptop makers. The new leak from GizmoChina highlights rumored Mi Laptop along with its speculative price. The striking feature of this laptop is that it resembles Apple MacBook Air.
Mi-Laptop (Leaked Details from GizmoChina.com)

Getting to know about Mi Laptop

In the past there have been a lot of speculation about Xiaomi entering the PC industry as part of its next strategy. While Xiaomi's first laptop launch date is still not out, but if rumors are to be true, then the Chinese maker will add another feather to its arsenal.  The laptop in the leak showcases bright orange 'Mi' logo below the screen, while rear silver logo occupies same area like that inscribed on the Macbook Air laptops. The laptop sports a special orange colored function button that can take custom functions from the user.

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Build & Quality

For a laptop’s success its specifications are the most important assets. Let’s look under its hood (based on the details provided in the leak):

Display: The laptop will chin a large 15-inch display with a full-HD (1080p) resolution

Processor : Mi Laptop will be powered by an Intel Haswell processor (Core i7-4500U)

RAM: With two 8GB dual channel memory modules, a very powerful 16 GB RAM will be on board to take on any complex processing at ease, making the laptop a kill machine.

Storage: While the storage details are not out, we would expect at least 250 GB out of the box

OS: To keep the price competitive, the laptop will run on open source operating system like Linux but exact version is not shared.

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Design: The rumored laptop show akin design aesthetics to Apple Macbook's Air range, be it bezel size, color scheme, keyboard style, and other details.

Price: The laptop will be priced very competitively i.e. CNY 2,999 or $481 or Rs. 30,700 approximately).

Also Read: Review of a Hybrid Notebook - HP EliteBook Revolve 810 G2


General Observation & Verdict

Xiaomi has not announced anything officially and it is hard to ascertain if the company is actually developing a laptop. Though we all know Xiaomi has recently explored many new domains like fitness bands, air purifiers, tablets, modem categories, and hence entering into PC category will not be surprising and we won’t appalled to see new laptop from Xiaomi a reality next year. From design & specification and the price mentioned, this laptop will uproot other laptop players likes HP, Dell & Lenovo etc. The issue around Xiaomi has been its customer care and service center. We hope Xiaomi improves on this aspect as well along with the new products.

Watch out this space for more details in coming days as we plan to follow this story closely.

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