Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro Takes Aim At Apple MacBook Pro With Core i7 Power At Budget Prices

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Xiaomi is taking aim at one of the most popular notebooks families on the market with its newest offering, the Mi Notebook Pro. In fact, Xiaomi called out the MacBook Pro by name when announcing its latest computing powerhouse, and made many comparisons to Apple's bestseller.

At first glance, the Mi Notebook has a lot going for it. It features a 15.6-inch display, backlit keyboard, and enough ports to make a MacBook Pro user blush. You'll find two USB-C ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, HDMI port and a headphone jack. For comparison, the 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with four Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Powering the Mi Notebook Pro are Intel Kaby Lake processors, with customers able to choose from up to a Core i7-8550U or a Core i7-8650U paired with up to 16GB of RAM and up to a 256GB SSD. Standard graphics include integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, while users that require a bit more power can opt for an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The GeForce MX150 is based on NVIDIA's Pascal architecture, and is claimed to offer a 3x performance-per-watt advantage over the aged GeForce 940MX.

But Xiaomi doesn't stop there; you'll also find a glass trackpad with a fingerprint sensor incorporated into the top right corner, Harman Infinity speakers and a 60 Whr battery that can be go from 0 percent to 50 percent in 35 minutes with a supported charger.

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All of this so far sounds pretty good, but there's one aspect of the Mi Notebook Pro that might be disappointing for potential customers. Its 15.6-inch display only has a resolution of 1080p, which seems a bit out of step with other high-end machines these days. However, we can't argue with the Mi Notebook Pro's pricing, which starts at just $850 with 8GB of RAM and a Core i5 processor. Stepping up to a Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM and the GeForce MX150 will set you back just under $1,100. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Xiaomi plans to bring the Mi Notebook Pro to the United States (at this time).

Earlier this morning, we brought you news of Xiaomi's brand-new Mi Mix 2 flagship smartphone, which features minimal bezels, an expansive 6-inch display, and a burly Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The smartphone will no doubt be compared directly to Apple's incoming iPhone X.