Xiaomi has unveiled the new Mi Notebook Pro 2 laptop that sees an upgrade from Intel Core i7-7700HQ to an Intel Core i7-8750H-based Coffee Lake processors. This will make the performance improve up to 31.7 percent as the new chip now has 6-cores, compared to the 4-Cores of the previous one. The screen is still 15.6 inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a front screen-to-body ratio of 81 percent and covers 72 percent of the NTSC color space. With using an IPS panel, it guarantees good viewing angles, accompanied by 300 nits of brightness. The webcam is of 1-megapixel (720p) resolution.
Regarding audio, the Xiaomi laptop gets a decent 3W x 2 speakers with support for Hi-Res Audio and Dolby Atmos. The keyboard, which keys are 1.8 mm thick has backlit support with four independent color zones. It has an N-key rollover of 30 keys and 5 programmable buttons on its left. The battery is 55WH.
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The thickness of the laptop is only 20.9 mm, maintaining the same dimensions as the previous model with a weight of 2.7 kg. It also repeats the same cooling system, with a configuration of 3 + 2 copper pipes and a mode that allows fans to be put on maximum level speed to dissipate the heat as soon as possible with the push of a button. The Mi Notebook Pro gets an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 of 6 GB, being able to equip a 1050 Ti MaxQ config, depending on the model.
Xiaomi has chosen to do the same as Apple, and already only offers PCI-e SSD capacity storage, for its reduced size and higher speed. The company had long been running out of stock for 128GB models, and will be offering 256GB models from now on. It will also allow adding a 2.5 “SATA unit or another M.2 unit. At the software front, the Mi Notebook Pro 2 incorporates Windows 10 home, in addition to bringing pre-installed Office 2016 for students.
In total there are four possible combinations, with the following prices:
- Intel Core i7-8750H, 16 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, GTX 1060 6 GB, 256 GB SSD PCI-e, 1 TB hard drive for RMB 8,999, approximately Rs 90,000.
- Intel Core i7-8750H, 8 GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB, 256 GB SSD PCI-e, 1 TB hard drive for RMB 7,999 approximately Rs 80,000.
- Intel Core i5-8300H, 8 GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, GTX 1060 6 GB, 256 GB PCI-e SSD, 1 TB hard drive for RMB 7,499 approximately Rs 75,000.
- Intel Core i5-8300H, 8 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB, 256 GB SSD PCI-e, 1 TB hard drive for RMB 6,699 approximately Rs 67,000.
In terms of connectivity, The Mi Notebook Pro 2 has three ports of USB 3.0, one port of USB C, a headphone jack, one microphone, one Gigabit Ethernet, and an output HDMI 2.0 with which we can connect to a 4k display at 60 Hz.
In fact, Xiaomi emphasizes that users can connect even two at the same time: one from the HDMI, and another with an adapter through the USB C; and both at 4K on 60 Hz refresh rate. At the Wi-Fi integration, it has dual-band 802.11ac that could reach up to 1733Mbps and incorporates Bluetooth 4.1. All models will be on sale in China from August 16. Nothing has been said about the availability in other countries yet.