Xiaomi might be best known for its value-packed smartphones, but in 2017 it released a more affordable mimic of Apple’s much-loved MacBook Air laptop. The Xiaomi Mi Laptop Air obviously attracted plenty of ‘Apple clone’ comments, just like some of Xiaomi’s handsets, although I’m guessing that the Chinese giant was quite happy with this comparison. Even the naming of this notebook seemed to welcome such parallels, while the design appeared to draw more than a little inspiration from those premium machines.
Well, Xiaomi is back at it again in 2018, with a refreshed version of the Mi Laptop Air 13.3 hitting stores this August. This new model boasts updated specs, thankfully with no compromise to the slim and light design. But is the Mi Laptop still a respectable alternative to the Macbook Air and other rivals like the LG Gram and Huawei’s Matebook X Pro? And, with the new MacBook Air 2018 hitting shelves later this month, has Xiaomi’s Laptop Air had its moment in the sun?
Editor’s note: We’ve yet to give the Mi Laptop Air 13.3 a score until Xiaomi announces UK pricing and availability.