Xiaomi entered the laptop market last year with its Mi Notebook Air that was designed to target Apple’s MacBook in both name and design. This year the Chinese company is shifting its focus to Apple’s MacBook Pro, with the launch of its own Mi Notebook Pro. The Mi Notebook Pro includes a 15.6-inch display (1920 x 1080) with narrow bezels, Intel’s latest quad-core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 1TB of SSD storage, and Nvidia’s GeForce MX150 graphics.
There’s even a fingerprint sensor built into a precision trackpad, a 3-in-1 card reader, two USB-C ports, two regular USB ports, and a full-sized HDMI port. Xiaomi is quick to point out that this is a more diverse mix of ports than Apple’s own MacBook Pro that only features four Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. The specs certainly look good on paper (apart from a 1080p display), but we’ll need to get a closer look at the laptop to know more.
Xiaomi is pricing its Mi Notebook Pro at 6399 Chinese yuan ($980) for the base model, but it’s not clear when and where the laptop will be available. Xiaomi previously started selling its Mi Notebook Air in China, so it’s likely that the Notebook Pro will be limited to China initially.