Xiaomi is not Apple, Microsoft or Samsung. He is not considered a tech giant. Yet what he has accomplished over the past decade is remarkable. The Chinese electronics maker has emerged as the world’s leading smartphone brand, despite having little or no presence in the United States. Instead, it successfully targeted and captured the world’s two biggest smartphone markets, China and India. And now he seems to be betting big on laptops.
Xiaomi has a lot of laptops in its home market, but only introduced its first product in this category in India last year Mi Notebook 14. A decent offering, the Mi Notebook 14 was more of a product of a good one. value for money that ignored features like backlighting. keyboard. Even Redmibook laptops would only have helped Xiaomi compete with Dell, HP and other usual laptop brands.
It’s the new Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Notebook Ultra that compels us to take Xiaomi more seriously and believe that it is now genuinely suing Apple in this category as well. Whether he can beat the latter or not is a whole different story. Xiaomi has the resources, the capital and also a loyal user base.
The new Mi Notebook laptops feature Intel Core processors, have a high refresh rate and high-resolution displays, and tick almost all of the boxes when it comes to connectivity options. Xiaomi laptops are also cheaper than Apple’s MacBook computers and while they run Windows and may not be as high-end as Apple laptops, they’re not too far off either.
The price of the Mi Notebook Ultra starts at Rs 59,999 with Core i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM, it costs Rs 63,999 for the Core i5 processor and 16 GB of RAM while the Intel Core i7 model with 16 GB of RAM costs Rs. 76,999. Meanwhile, the price of the Mi Notebook Pro starts at Rs 56,999 for the Intel Core i5 processor with 8 GB of RAM, the Core i5 model and 16 GB of RAM costs Rs 59,999 while the high-end model Core i7 and 16 GB of RAM costs Rs 72,999.
Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Notebook Ultra both offer two 11th generation Intel Core processors: the Core i5-11300H running at 4.4 GHz and the Core i7-11370H running at 4.8 GHz. There are also different RAM options for you to choose from.
The Mi Notebook Ultra features a 15.6 inch (3200 x 2000 pixels) Mi-Truelife + display with 16:10 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, maximum brightness of 300 nits, 100% sRGB coverage and TUV Rheinland low blue light certification. The Mi Notebook Pro comes with a slightly smaller 14-inch display, but it’s also a 2.5K display.
Redmibook Pro and Redmibook Pro both feature Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.1, Thunderbolt 4 port, HDMI port, USB Type-C port, two USB Type-A ports, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Audio is supported by two 2W speakers with DTS Audio processing. Xiaomi also added backlit keyboards to complete the set.
That doesn’t mean Mi Notebook laptops are ready to take on the MacBook. Apple has a lot to offer. The Cupertino-based tech giant switched to its own M1 chips last year, giving it a huge advantage over the rest. Even in our review of the MacBook Pro 13, we pointed out that M1 is the fastest laptop processor we’ve seen so far, making the 13-inch MacBook Pro one of the fastest all-rounders.
The chip has also greatly helped Apple in improving the battery life of its laptops. Then there is also the software from Apple which gives it an advantage.
Despite this, not everyone can spend more than Rs 1 lakh on a laptop and this is where Xiaomi fits in. Just as it has disrupted the smartphone market by offering promising hardware at reasonable prices, it can also fill the void with a good Windows laptop that offers MacBook-like experience but doesn’t cost as much.