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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 2017 rumored to feature magnesium-lithium chassis, to weigh less than a kilogram

The Mi Notebook Air 2017 could be the lighest notebook from Xiaomi so far. But it could be more expensive than its predecessor.

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Last year in July, Xiaomi launched its first-ever laptop, the Mi Notebook Air. As the name suggests, the laptop was aimed to compete with Apple s MacBook Air, with its sleek full metal design and lightweight. Then just last month, the Chinese company launched a 4G variant of the laptop, called the Mi Notebook Air 4G. While earlier it was rumored that the 4G variant would be the successor to the Mi Notebook Air, we have now finally heard about what could actually be the second generation Mi Notebook Air. Also Read - MIUI 13 design teased ahead of launch via latest MIUI File Manager update

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Although the specifications and features are still under the wraps, recent reports have suggested that the 2017 Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air could be made out of an ultralight magnesium-lithium chassis. Which means, the new laptop could be even lighter than its predecessor. The magnesium-lithium alloy lets the chassis be 75 percent lighter than aluminium and at the same time still is highly sturdy. The only drawback for the magnesium-lithium metal is that it’s expensive. Which means if this report is true, the 2017 Mi Notebook Air won t come for cheap. Also Read - Redmi Note 10 price in India hiked again: Check the new price here

To put it in perspective, the 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air weighs 1.07 kg, so possibly the 2017 Mi Notebook Air could be lighter than even a kilogram. Back in 2012, NEC had launched a 13.3-inch Lavie Z, which was made out of magnesium-lithium alloy, and that weighed less than a kilo, 0.88kg to be precise, reports GSMArena.

It has also been reported that the chassis for the new Mi Notebook Air will be exclusively produced by a China-based joint-venture established by Taiwan-based thermal management solution provider TaiSol Electronics and Japan-based ShinSho, while Inventec will act as the ODM for the laptop, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. ALSO READ: 5 ways Xiaomi could have improved the Redmi Note 4

Presumably, the 2017 Mi Notebook Air will improve on its 2016 predecessor. The Mi Notebook Air came with a thin full-metal body. The 12.5-inch variant of the laptop is compact, sized like a magazine with a thickness of 12.9mm and weighs 1.07kg. The 13.3-inch variant too is sleek with a 14.8mm thickness and weighs 1.28kg.

The laptop features an HDMI port, a USB 3.0 port and 3.5mm audio jack on the left, while on the right is a USB 3.0 port and USB Type-C port for charging. However, the 12.5-inch variant comes only with one USB 3.0 port. Unlike what was leaked yesterday, the Mi Notebook Air does feature a backlit keyboard similar to the Apple MacBook Air. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review

On the software front, the Mi Notebook Air runs on Microsoft s Windows 10. You can sync data like contacts, messages, gallery and notes among others from your Xiaomi smartphone using Mi Cloud. The laptop also supports Bluetooth 4.1, which can be used to connect to wearables like the Mi Band 2. Speaking of which, the laptop automatically unlocks when you have a connected Mi Band 2 in its close proximity. For audiophiles, the Mi Notebook Air comes with a AKG custom grade dual speakers and supports Dolby Digital surround sound.

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  • Published Date: January 20, 2017 3:20 PM IST



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