The Intel Core i5-8250U powered Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air at 13.3 inches is being released internationaly this week from Geekbying, which makes this the 3rd upgrade of Xiaomi’s notebook series.
The first Xiaomi Air was unveiled on July 27 in 2016 with a 6th gen. Skylake processor. Then in March last year, Xiaomi announced a refresh and overhaul of the notebooks, which included the upgrade to a 7th gen. Kaby Lake processor. But now the latest models are being launched with the 8th gen. Kaby Lake-R processors instead.
This quad-core CPU powers the notebook together with a Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and 256GB of SSD storage. So the performance of it is basically good.
It has a modern all-metal design that partially steals its design from Macbooks, Surface Book, and some Lenovo and Asus laptops, and that also makes it thin and light enough, though without setting any new records.
The other specs are acceptable, but pretty standard on a Windows 10 notebook as of 2018, with features including a fingerprint reader, a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution display, 300 nits brigthness, backlit keyboard, full Wi-Fi coverage, two USB 3.0 ports and one USB Type-C port, a HDMI port and 3.5mm audio jack, a 1MP front camera, and a 40Wh battery.
One of the things that sets this Xiaomi computer product apart from Xiaomi’s other computer and technology products is that it’s not any cheaper than the offerings from its competitors. Traditionally Xiaomi’s computer products have been cheaper than that of their rivals. So this is a bit of a flagship for Xiaomi.
– Tom Bowen