Xiaomi takes aim at Apple with Mi Notebook Pro
XIAOMI has announced a new laptop to rival Apple’s MacBook Pro — only it looks every bit like its competitor, but with important exceptions.
The new Mi Notebook Pro, the follow-up to Mi Notebook Air, is an unapologetic MacBook Pro ripoff.
The 15.6-inch laptop copies Apple’s premium aluminium aesthetic, with a slick arrangement of ports and an overall clean-cut design. It has two USB-A, two USB-C, full-size HDMI, and an SD card slot. The MacBook Pro, by contrast, has four USB-C, a headphone jack, and not much else.
The Mi Notebook Pro costs half as much as a Macbook Pro with a comparable spec configuration. It even has a fingerprint sensor integrated into the trackpad. But as The Verge notes, there are some flaws to watch out for.
For instance, it’s not as thin as Xiaomi makes it out to be. Another: its screen is merely 1080p, a certainly decent enough resolution but laughable for its asking price. At 15.6 inches, 1080p looks rather pixelated, and it’s unfortunate that there’s simply no other choice. The new MacBook Pro is terrible at certain aspects, surely, but having a Retina Display is one of its most significant features.
Mi Notebook Pro prices start at CNY 5,599, around $860, for an i5 model with 8 GB of RAM. For CNY 6,999, around $1,070, users get an upgraded i7 chip and 16 GB of RAM, along with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU.