Xiaomi has a long-standing repute for excellent price range smartphones, providing aggressive specs and a premium design with out the excessive price ticket. That is very true for the reason that firm arrived within the UK, the place it is hoovered up a lot of Huawei’s market share following the latter’s US commerce ban.
It is clear that Xiaomi would not wish to be solely identified for its smartphones, although. The corporate has launched a sequence of a laptops below the RedmiBook model lately, because it seeks to supply a reputable various to gadgets from the likes of Dell, HP and Lenovo. Nonetheless, with at present’s China unveiling of the brand new RedmiBook Professional, Xiaomi seems to have one other firm in its sights – Apple.
Obtainable in 14in and 15in fashions, the brand new RedmiBook Professional gadgets supply a modern, minimalist design, silver aluminium end and huge trackpad. Sound acquainted? It seems nearly similar to Apple’s MacBook Professional, albeit with the contact bar changed by a touchscreen. The 14in mannequin is available in at a decision of 2560×1440, barely decrease than you will discover on the most recent 13in MacBook Professional. Nonetheless, the 15in variant bumps this as much as 3200×2000, in addition to including a 90Hz refresh charge. Excessive refresh charge laptops are comparatively uncommon within the shopper area, so it is a massive promoting level for the bigger RedmiBook Professional.
In fact, Xiaomi would not have entry to Apple’s new M1 chip, so it is opted for Intel’s newest Tiger Lake processors as an alternative. Each fashions supply a selection between Core i5 and i7 fashions, which may be paired with both Intel Xe built-in graphics or an Nvidia GeForce MX450 discrete GPU. They’re additionally matched on storage choices, with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB SSD.
One space the RedmiBook Professional laptops beat the MacBook all finally ends up is ports. They each supply two USB-C ports (one with Thunderbolt Four help), two USB-A, a 3.5mm headphone jack and even full-size HDMI port. Apple hasn’t included the latter on its laptops for six years.
The 14in mannequin additionally has a 56Wh battery and 65W energy adapter included within the field, though figures for the 15in variant aren’t quoted. Many different options are constant throughout each fashions, together with (however not restricted to) Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, backlit keys, a 720p webcam and fingerprint sensor. It additionally comes with pre-installed software program like Microsoft Workplace for College students, cellphone companion app MIUI+ and voice assistant XiaoAI.
The RedmiBook Professional 14 begins at 4,699 CNY (approx. £515) and can go on sale from Four March. The 15in mannequin will price you a minimum of 4,999 CNY (approx. £548). Nonetheless, it is not clear when, or certainly if, these laptops will make their option to Europe. Xiaomi’s US commerce ban means they’re unlikely to ever arrive in North America, however the presence of Microsoft’s Home windows 10 Residence on each system is unaffected.
Can the RedmiBook Execs set up Xiaomi as a serious pressure within the laptop computer sector? Solely time will inform. Within the meantime, take a look at our information to one of the best laptops you’ll be able to at the moment purchase.