Is Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Pro the alternative to Apple’s MacBook Pro?

At a fraction of what Apple's MacBook Pro costs, is the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro the perfect Windows alternative?

Alongside the launch of its new smartphones yesterday, Xiaomi unveiled its new Mi Notebook Pro. Last year, we saw the company’s Mi Notebook Air aimed to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air. And with the Notebook Pro, the Chinese firm looks to expand its range.

Design

There is no doubt the Mi Notebook Air targets Apple’s MacBook Pro. The company has gone for a brushed metal design keeping it minimal in the process. Under the lid, you will find the 15.6-inch 1080p resolution display protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The bezels off to the sides of the display are quite thin and non obtrusive as well. Coming in at 360.7×243.6×15.9mm and 1.95kg, the Mi Notebook Pro will not be a major chore to carry around.

The Mi Notebook Pro is a very portable device

Xiaomi says the keyboard is full size with back-lit keys and is 19% larger than its MacBook equivalent. Yet, the highlight of the Mi Notebook Pro is its fingerprint scanner. You will find it integrated on the track pad of the device and is Windows Hello compatible.

Power and Multimedia

Internals wise, there is a lot to like about the Notebook Pro. It rocks the latest eighth generation Intel Core i5 or i7 quad-core processor and an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card for gaming. Depending on the configuration of your choice, you can have up to 16GB RAM and 256GB of PCIe SSD storage. But interestingly, the laptop comes with an extra SATA SSD slot for future expansion.

Xiaomi’s dig at Apple for not including a wide array of ports on the MacBook Pro

As far as port selection is concerned, you will find seven. A 3-in-1 SD card reader, two USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a full sized HDMI port and USB Type-A ports (USB 3.0 and 2.0). For media consumption, the laptop is equipped with Harman Infinity custom-built speakers and Dolby Atmos audio.

Pricing and Availability

As with last year’s Mi Notebook Air, the Mi Notebook Pro is set to be available in China initially. Available in three configurations, it will be sold at a starting price of RMB 5599 (Dh 3147) for the base variant. If we find out anything about local availability, we will keep you posted.

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