Xiaomi Launches The Mi Notebook Pro

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The company wants to cater to the Chinese and Indian audience by bringing in a laptop that would openly compete Apple's own Macbook Pro. The other two variants with Core i7 8GB RAM and Core i5 8GB RAM will be available for RMB 6,399 (or approx Rs 62,732) and RMB 5599 (or approx Rs 54,889). Like earlier Xiaomi notebooks, the Mi Notebook Pro is bereft of any branding on the lid - the only branding you'll see is a Mi logo at the bottom of the screen.

One of the highlights of the Mi Notebook Pro is that it comes with a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication. It also supports Windows Hello, furthermore, the fingerprint scanner is under-the-trackpad.

All of this so far sounds pretty good, but there's one aspect of the Mi Notebook Pro that might be disappointing for potential customers. With aluminium alloy and magnesium alloy composition, the Mi Notebook Pro is both sturdy and light. It has a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia. The laptop measures 360.7 x 243.6 x 15.9 mm and weighs 1.95kg. For comparison, the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Xiaomi has officially announced the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro and it is directly targeting at the Apple MacBook Pro.

Connectivity options include 3-in-1 SD card slot, two USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a full-sized HDMI port, and two USB Type-A ports (USB 3.0 and USB 2.0).

The base variant of the Mi Notebook Pro has been priced at 5699 yuan (Rs.55,800 approx.), while the top end version with the Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM is priced at 6999 yuan (Rs.68,600 approx.). The speakers sport Harman Infinity tag.

The 15.6-inch display on the notebook comes with Gorilla glass 3 protection and the keyboard comes fully backlit with full sized navigation keys. You can also upgrade the notebook to tout up to 16GB of DDR4 2,400MHz RAM and a 256GB PCIe SSD will be included in the mix. You get the combination of i7 processor/16GB RAM, i7 processor/8GB RAM and i5 processor with 8GB RAM. It's unlikely the notebook will be available outside of China.

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