As earlier reported, Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi has branched out to PC with the launch of its first laptop in the RedmiBook 14. The notebook was unveiled alongside the top-end Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro smartphones and the Redmi 7A budget handset.
Xiaomi has announced several laptops under its own brand over the years, but none of its current and previous offers carry the same attractive specs and price point as Redmi’s first release. The RedmiBook 14 is a Windows-based Apple MacBook Pro clone for less than half the price.
It starts at ¥3,999 (P30,265 or $579) in China, and for the price, you’re looking at an eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor with an Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU, 4GB RAM, and 256GB SSD housed in a MacBook-esque metal chassis. There’s also a Core i7 variant with the same discrete graphics and double the memory. That model costs ¥4,999 (P37,834 or $723).
Besides GeForce graphics as standard, both variants also come with a 14.1-inch full-HD screen with reasonably thin top and side bezels, which translate to an 81.2% screen-to-body ratio. They also feature an HDMI out, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The RedmiBook 14 will go on sale starting June 11, but it remains to be seen if it will remain in China like other Xiaomi laptops. We can only cross our fingers and hope.
RedmiBook 14 specs
- 14.1-inch LCD screen with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
- Intel 8th gen ultra-low-voltage Core i5-8265U/Core i7-8565U CPU
- Nvidia GeForce MX250 GPU with 2GB GDDR5
- 4GB/8GB DDR4 RAM
- 256GB/512GB SATA SSD
- 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI out, 3.5mm headphone jack
- 46Wh battery with 10 hours battery life
- 17.95mm of thickness
- Microsoft Windows 10 with Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition
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