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Xiaomi Notebook Air 13.3 and Xiaomi Notebook Air 12.5 Launched in Nepal

Image credit: Mi Nepal | Photomontage: TechLekhXiaomi, one of the leading Chinese smartphone manufacturer, this time has some major shift in their strategy and they are now opting for the notebook market after their success in the smartphone industry in Nepal. Some people might call the new Xiaomi Notebook Air as a MacBook Air clone, but this is more than just your average clone.

The Mi Notebook Air features similar aesthetics to that of the MacBook but inside the story is different. This notebook is a thin, lightweight, full metal, yet surprisingly powerful laptop which runs on Windows 10 and is powered by Intel’s processors. The Mi Notebook Air comes in two different variants, the Mi Notebook Air 13.3 and Mi Notebook Air 12.5 priced at Rs. 117,999 and Rs. 84,999 respectively. These notebooks will be available at the Mi Showroom at Labim Mall, Patan and Mi Showroom at Pako Newroad, Kathmandu. You can also order it online through Xiaomi Nepal official site.

Mi Notebook Air 13.3

The Mi Notebook Air 13.3 is a thin and light ultrabook which features a 13.3-inch Full HD resolution display (1080 x 1920) with a 5.59mm thick bezel and a pixel density of 166ppi. It comes in at just 14.8mm thick and 1.28kg. Although this ultrabook is lightweight and thin, there is no compromise in the performance department. Under the hood, it is equipped with the Intel’s 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Skylake i5-6200U processor clocked at 2.3 GHz which can be turbocharged up to 2.8 GHz. Moreover, it has a dedicated discrete graphic card – NVIDIA GeForce 940MX which will help you run midtier graphic demanding applications.

In the memory department, you get 8GB of DDR4 RAM with 256GB of PCIe SSD and one free SATA slot for Xiaomi serviced memory expansion.

This notebook runs on Windows 10 Home Edition and it packs a 40Wh battery which will last you around 9.5 hours of normal use as claimed by the company. There is also fast charging with the bundled USB-C charger.

Key Specifications of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.3

Model Mi Notebook Air 13.3″
Weight 1.28kg
Display 13.3 ″ FHD full HD
293.76mm x 165.24mm
Resolution 1080 X 1920 (166 PPI)
Contrast ratio 800: 1
Border and screen proportion 5.59mm
80.1%
Processor Intel ® Core ™ i5
Highest frequency 2.7GHz
Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
discrete graphic
RAM 8GB RAM
SSD 256GB PCIe × 4 NVMe SSD + 1GB GDDR5
Camera 1MP camera 1280×720 video calls
Audio Realtek ALC255
AKG Customised dual speaker 2Wx2
Dolby Audio ™ Premium Dolby sound — Advanced Edition
Video output USB-C and HDMI support 1080p resolution (up to 60Hz) supports 4K resolution (30Hz)
Cache 3MB
Battery type lithium-ion polymer battery
Battery capacity 578Wh / L 40 watts
Battery performance Online video player 8 hours local video playback 7.5 hours Web browsing 7.5 hours
Operating System Windows 10
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
maximum speed up to 867Mbps
Bluetooth Online video player 8 hours
Local video playback 7.5 hours
Web browsing 7.5 hours
Interface USB-C x 1
USB 3.0 × 2
HDMI port x 1
3.5mm jack x 1
Price Rs. 117,999

Mi Notebook Air 13.3 Price in Nepal: Rs. 117,999

Mi Notebook Air 12.5

The Mi Notebook Air 12.5 is a smaller variant of the two which comes with a 12.5-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 176ppi. This notebook is even thinner and lighter than the 13.3-inch model at just 12.9mm thickness and 1.07kg. There is a slight performance decrease in this smaller variant. You get the Intel’s 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Skylake m3-6Y30 dual core processor which can be clocked up to 2.2GHz. This model does not come with a discrete graphic card but comes equipped with Intel ® HD Graphics 515 integrated graphics. You get 4GB of DDR4 RAM with 128GB SSD via SATA and again one free PCIe slot. It has a smaller battery of 37Wh but can last you for around 11.5 hours of normal usage. This notebook features a custom dual AKG speakers with Dolby Digital Surround sound.

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Key Specifications of Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 12.5

Model Mi Notebook Air 12.5″
Weight 1.07kg
Display 12.5 ″ FHD full HD 276.5mm × 155.6mm
Resolution 1080 x 1920 (176 ppi)
Contrast ratio 600 : 1
Border and screen proportion 5.71mm 78.6%
Processor Intel ® Core ™ m3
Highest frequency 2.2GHz
Graphics card Intel ® HD Graphics 515 integrated graphics
RAM 4GB
SSD 128GB SATA
Camera 1MP camera
1280 x 720 video calls
Audio Realtek ALC233
AKG Customised dual speaker
Video output USB Type-C and HDMI
supports 1080p resolution ( 60Hz)
4K resolution (30Hz)
Cache 4MB
Battery type Lithium-ion polymer battery
Battery capacity 600Wh / L 37 watts
Battery performance Online video playback 9.5 hours
Local video playback 7.5 hours
Web browsing 7.5 hours
Operating System Windows 10
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking;
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible maximum speed up to 867Mbps
Bluetooth 4.1
Interface USB Type-C x 1
USB 3.0 x 1
HDMI port x 1
3.5mm jack x 1
Price Rs. 84,999

Mi Notebook Air 12.5 Price in Nepal: Rs. 84,999

Initial Impression

I think this ultrabook has the features that can compete with the Dell XPS series, Lenovo’s Yoga and ThinkPad series or even Apple’s MacBook Air with its sleek aluminum design and the specs that look great in the paper. This notebook is priced lesser than the other ultrabooks in the Nepali market. Let’s see how this Mi Notebook series will stack up to the Xiaomi’s business in Nepal. This device will be great for students as well as for businessmen who prefer portability and performance in a single package.


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