Xiaomi is finally making its foray into laptop space in India with the launch of its brand new Mi NoteBooks. Called Mi NoteBook 14 and Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition, the laptops are the company’s first offerings in India and are not a re-branded version of the ones available in China — as some had predicted earlier. For those unaware, Xiaomi holds a decent portfolio of laptops in its home market, China, and with its latest offerings, it looks forward to introducing them to the Indian market — to compete with the likes of Asus, Lenovo, HP, and the likes. Let’s look at what these laptops have in store.
Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition
To begin with, the Horizon Edition Mi Notebook 14 comes with a metal chassis, built using aluminum and magnesium alloy, coming in at 17.15mm thin and weighing in at 1.35Kg. The laptop houses a 14-inch FHD panel with 3mm thick bezels surrounding the three sides. Xiaomi calls it the Horizon display, and thus, the name. The display boasts a 91% screen-to-body ratio and suggests a 178-degree viewing angle. It comes with a 60Hz refresh rate and a 1000:1 contrast ratio and 250 nits of brightness. However, the reduced bezels have a trade-off — there is no webcam on the laptop. As a reason, Xiaomi is offering a free Mi WebCam HD bundled in the box.
In terms of internals, the Horizon Edition is powered by the latest Intel 10th-Gen CometLake processors (Core i7-10510U) with the Nvidia GeForce MX350 GPU. The CPU offers a boost clock speed of 4.9GHz, and the GPU comes with 2GB of VRAM. Xiaomi touts the laptop to be an ideal choice for productivity, gaming, designing & editing, and regular day-to-day tasks. Assisting the processor is 8GB of (2666MHz) DDR4 RAM and 512GB of NVMe SSD with transfer rates of 3000MB/s. To power the internals, the laptop includes a 46Wh battery, which, as per the company claims, offers up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. Moreover, it also features 65W fast charging that promises to juice up from 0 to 50% in around 30 minutes.
Talking about features, the Horizon Edition comes with features like Mi Blaze Unlock: locks/unlocks the laptop using Mi Band, Mi Smart Share: offers faster file sharing between devices, along with Performance Mode and Silent Mode. For connectivity, the machine comes with dual-band WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, 2x USB 3.1, 1x USB 2.0, an audio jack, and Type-C (for charging and data transfer). The Mi Notebook runs on Windows 10 Home Edition and comes with a one month of Office 365.
Mi NoteBook 14
Besides the Horizon Edition model, which is the top-of-the-line offering with high-end specifications, Xiaomi has also launched the Mi NoteBook 14 regular edition. The device is priced on the lower side, compared to the Horizon Edition, and comes in three configurations.
To start off with, the vanilla Mi NoteBook 14 features a 14-inch FHD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the laptop runs on the 10th-Gen Intel i5 processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB / 512GB of onboard SSD. For graphics, the machine comes with two different offerings: Intel Graphics 620 and much powerful Nvidia GeForce MX250. It includes a 10-hour battery with support for fast charging and runs on Windows 10 Home Edition.
Mi NoteBook 14: Pricing and Availability
The Mi NoteBook 14 comes in three configurations: i5 (with 256GB SSD and Intel Graphics 620), (with 512GB SSD and Intel Graphics 620), and (with 512GB SSD and Nvidia GeForce MX250), priced at Rs 41,999, Rs 44,999, and Rs 47,999 respectively. On the other hand, the Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition comes in two variants: i5 and i7, priced at Rs 54,999 and Rs 59,999 respectively. Xiaomi is also offering an instant discount of Rs 2000 to HDFC cardholders.
As for availability, the laptops will go on sale starting June 17 on mi.com, Amazon India, Mi Home, and Mi Studios.