Xiaomi takes aim at Ap­ple with Mi Note­book Pro

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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.

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