MacBook vs Xiaomi Air – Comparison of the Features & Specifications

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The reign of Apple’s MacBook Pro in the laptop world is in serious danger. A very popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer company, Xiaomi, has ventured into the laptop industry with their device called Mi Notebook Air. Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook Air is posing to be a serious threat to the market of Apple’s MacBook Pro. The laptop is trying to match the premium device (Apple’s MacBook) through its high-end specifications at a much lower price. The latest laptop from Xiaomi will be shipped all over the world by Chinese online retailer GearBest (see here).

Read on to know which one is better as we compare both the laptops and their specifications.

Hardware Features

Both the devices boast of similar hardware features. The 12.5 inch and the 13.3 inch variants of Xiaomi’s Air come with superior hardware features giving tough competition to Apple’s MacBook Air.

The 12.5 inch model comes with 128 GB PCIe SSD drive, 4GB DDR4Ram, a free PCIe slot, and Intel Core M3 Processors. The other model, 13.3 inch, has a 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 procession, 256GB PCIe SSD drive, and an SATA slot for the convenience of user to extend the storage of the laptop.

The 13.3 inch Apple’s MacBook Air come with the flash storage of 256 GB or 128 GB PCIe that can be upgraded to 512 GB. The device contains 8GB of RAM and 1.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 that can be upgraded 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7. The 12 inch device has 256 GB or 512 GB PCIe flash storage and a 1.2 GHz Intel Core m5 processor that can be upgraded to 1.3 GHz Intel Core m7.

The Mi Notebook Air by Xiaomi has an edge over Apple’s MacBook devices when it comes to graphics. The 13.3 inch model packs in a NVidia GeForce 940MX graphic card with 1GB DDR5 RAM, making it more appropriate for high graphic gaming purposes.


Xiaomi Mi Notebook air has a neat and sleek design with no brand logo on its exterior. Its exterior is made of all-metal giving it a modern look. The 13.3 inch model is lighter and thinner than MacBook Air. It is 14.8mm thick and weighs 1.28kg.

Other differences in designs come in the form of placement of vents and fans. MacBook uses fanless Intel Core M processor and has no visible vents. Mi Notebook Air has its vents placed at the bottom and a fan at the side of its body.

MacBook Air needs an adapter for the purpose of connecting HDMI cables whereas MI Notebook Air comes with built-in HDMI port. Both the devices have backlit keyboards.

The biggest drawback with smaller Apple MacBook is the availability of single USB-C port in its latest model. Mi Notebook has two USB 3.0 Ports for 13.3 inch model & one on the 12.5 inch model.

Display & Resolutions

The MacBook Pro has got the best display resolution of 2304 x 1440 pixel available in any laptop. However, the 13.3 inch model comes with 1440 x 900 pixel clearly lagging behind with MI Notebook screen that features full HD resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

Mi Notebook Air has definitely upped their game by giving high definition graphics at much greater pixel rate than the MacBook counterpart.

Battery Timing

Xiaomi aims to score high with a battery lasting time for a maximum 11.5 hours. The 13.3 inch model of Mi Notebook Air has 40Wh battery which can last for 9.5 hours maximum on a single charge. It comes with USB-C charger which can charge it completely in an hour’s time. The 12.5 inch model can last for an astonishing 11.5 hours’ time with a single charge.

Even with the impressive battery timings, Mi Notebooks by Xiaomi still couldn’t beat Apple. The 13.3 inch MacBook Air can last for 12 hours maximum whereas the 12 inch laptop has a 10 hour battery timing.

Dedicated graphic cards contained by Mi Notebook laptops, could be one of the reasons for a lower battery timing as compared to Apple’s MacBook Pro.


The biggest difference between both the devices come with their pricing. Apple’s gadget is definitely much costly as compared to Xiaomi Notebook Air. The difference is quite significant hence Xiaomi clearly steals the points here.

The prices of 13.3 inch and 12.5 inch Mi Notebook is £570 and £400 respectively whereas the current price of 13 inch Apple’s MacBook Pro starts from £749. If compared solely on the basis of prices, Xiaomi has the upper hand as they are offering more or less same features as Apple but at a relatively lower price.

The Final Verdict

Xiaomi has definitely come forward as a cheap substitute for the Apple’s MacBook range. Although, it needs some considerations in some aspects but the positives outnumber the negatives. We can safely conclude that it is going to give some serious competition to the Apple’s devices.

The gadget from Xiaomi has really made Apple to come up with new and much-needed upgrades to retain their market.

You can reliably import Xiaomi products from GearBest (see our recent experiences importing a Xiaomi smartphone).

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