Xiaomi’s $750 laptop is like a MacBook Air with gaming hardware inside

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Xiaomi announced a 12.5-inch version of the Mi Notebook Air that is slightly thinner and lighter at 12.9 mm and 1.07 kg (2.36 pounds). The 12.5-inch will lack discrete graphics, have only a 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM and use an Intel Core-M processor. That downgrading of specs comes with an upside, however — a battery life of 11.5 hours, 2 hours longer than the 13.3-inch model.

If you’re lusting for either one of these laptops, the bad news is that Xiaomi will only officially sell the Mi Notebook Air in China. They go on sale on August 2 and will retail for 4,999 yuan (this converts to about $750, £570 and AU$1,000) and 3,499 yuan (or about $525, £400 and AU$725) respectively.

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Key specification

  • Intel Core i5-6200U, up to 2.7GHz
  • 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  • 13.3-inch, full-HD (1,920×1,080-pixels)
  • 309 by 210.9 by 14.8 mm; 1.28 kg (2.82 pounds)
  • Type-C USB for charging, 2x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 3.5mm audio port
  • 40Wh battery, 9.5 hours.
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