Xiaomi’s entry into the Laptop Market in 2016
Xiaomi stepped into the laptop market last year with the introduction of Xiaomi Notebook Air which was eyeing the MacBook Air market with its design and even with its name. Now they are eyeing the Apple’s MacBook Pro with its new model Mi Notebook Pro.
Mi Notebook Pro is loaded with a 15.6 inch 1920px X 1080px display with the narrowest bezel (as narrow as Dell XPS 13), Latest quad-core i7 processor from Intel, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB SSD storage and last but not the least GeForce MX150 graphics card. There is also a fingerprint sensor built into the trackpad, a 3 in 1 card-reader, 2 USB C port, 2 regular USB ports and a full sized HDMI port. Xiaomi highlights its configurations and its rich variety of ports it carries whereas Macbook pro features only 4 thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. We have not yet got the detailed insight of the configurations yet, but from the available details, the configurations is excellent apart from its 1080px display which is mediocre.
The next good thing which Xiaomi did on its Mi Notebook Pro is on its pricing. Mi Notebook Pro is priced at $850 (5599 Chinese Yuan) for the base model (i5 model with 8GB of RAM) and $1050 (6999 Chinese Yuan) for the high-end model (i7 model with 16GB of RAM and Nvidia’s entry-level GeForce MX150 GPU). The high-end MacBook Pro with much lower specs (3.1GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD storage, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports, Touch Bar and Touch ID) is priced at $1,999.00. The only thing which is not a simple feature, in which the Apple wins here is Macbook Pro’s IPS display which is way better that what is offered by Mi Notebook Pro.
It is not clear when the product will be available globally, but initially, it will be available only in China. We will come with more details once we have it.