Xiaomi, during the launch event of its latest flagship Android phone, Mi Mix 2S, took a detour and announced its first gaming laptop, the Mi Gaming Laptop. Xiaomi has been in the laptop market for over a year now and this is the third laptop the company has launched so far. The first two, Mi Notebook Pro and Mi Notebook Air were designed keeping businesses in mind and were built for everyday computing. Whereas the Mi Gaming Laptop, as the name suggests, is targeted for gamers and will try to tap in the gaming laptop market. With its competitive pricing, Xiaomi will be hoping to lure customers from the big-guns of the gaming industry.
Talking of the specifications,
the Mi Gaming Laptop is not an ultra-specced desktop replacement but has respectable hardware for casual gamers. The laptop packs in a 7th-gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU along with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. It has 16 GB of RAM and comes with a 256 GB SSD with expanding capabilities and a 1TB HDD.
Other than specs,
one of the major selling points of this laptop will surely be the Design.
The Mi Gaming looks somewhat similar to the Razer Blade due to resembling cuts and curves on the body. It has a dark grey metallic exterior with a matte finish. It features a 15.6-inch wide color gamut screen with ultra-thin bezels. The laptop weighs 2.7 kg which is understandable for a laptop with brushed aluminium chassis. One thing to notice is its thickness, the Mi Gaming is quite thin for a gaming laptop with a thickness of just 20.9 mm. The laptop does look premium and will surely turn some heads.
The Mi Gaming laptop, just like every other gaming laptop, features a full-size ‘four-zone’ RGB-backlit keyboard with 30 n-key rollover. It also has five additional programmable macro keys. In terms of connectivity, the laptop has a USB Type-C port, HDMI 2.0, Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, a 3-in-1 memory card reader and a mic and headphone jack. It has 10 interface ports in total. The laptop is powered by a 55 watt-hour battery, it’s promised to provide up to 5 hours of online video, 5.5 hours of local video playback and up to 6.5 hours of web browsing.
The laptop is cooled by 12V cooling fan. There’s also a ‘Tornado’ button that triggers rapid cooling by pushing the fans to their limits, it can variate the internal temperature by about 3-5 degrees Celsius in 10 minutes. Other features include Dolby Sound, Sony Hi-Res certified audio and a built-in headphone amp.
What’s more interesting though, is that all this hardware is cased in what Xiaomi says is a slightly larger body that allows for better cooling, as it has enough room for two fans, four air vents, and a 3+2 design for the heatpipe.
Apart from design,
the other thing that puts the Mi Gaming laptop apart from the rest is the pricing.
The top-end Mi Gaming laptop will cost RMB 8,999 or Rs.93,000 approx. (around $1,440). An Alienware with comparable specs cost around RMB 17,699 ($2,830) which is double of what Mi Gaming costs.
There is also a base variant of the laptop available with lower specs. It comes with an Intel Core-i5 CPU along with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU, 8 GB RAM, 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. The lower variant will cost RMB 5,999(Rs. 62,000 approx).
The Mi Gaming, at this price, and with these specifications should be considered as a serious option for anyone in the market for a gaming laptop. But there’s a catch, same as with most Xiaomi products, that is availability. The laptop, as of now, will only be available to buy in China and there’s no news on whether it’ll ever be launched outside China in the future. Well you can still purchase it through third-party retailers but that always increase the final cost.
Additionally, in the same event, Xiaomi also unveiled its new Mi AI Speaker Mini. It’s a smart speaker powered by Mi’s in-house AI, and will let you stream music, get weather updates, program your calendar, and do whatever a smart speaker like Amazon Echo can do. The speaker is a lot cheaper than its predecessor and will retail at a price of RMB 169 ($27) but, again, only in China.