7th gen Intel CPU,
new GPU and
a fingerprint reader
Xiaomi’s Mi Notebook range has been praised as a value for money offering but the Chinese company has restricted them to limited markets. Back in December the company launched a 4G LTE variant of the 13.3-inch model and was also offering a 6th-gen Core-i7 option.
A new leak has revealed that Xiaomi is preparing to upgrade the laptop yet again, but only the 13.3-incher, leaving the ultra-portable 12.5-inch in the dark. The update could include a fingerprint reader placed in the right corner of the trackpad, as well as an internal hardware update including the latest 7th-gen Core i5-7200U processor with a maximum clock speed of 3.1 GHz. Even the Nvidia 940MX GPU will be replaced for a GeForce MX150 which is entry-level Pascal laptop chip, which offers three times better performance-per-watt than the 940MX.
RAM will still be restricted to 8 GB along with storage options of 128 GB or 256 GB SSD. Rest of the features include Bluetooth 4.0, a USB-C (5Gb/s) port, two USB 3.0 (2.5 Gb/s) ports, a full-sized HDMI and a 4-cell battery with fast charge support which can charge the laptop to up to 50 percent in 30 minutes. There has been no mention of a design change and even the overall weight is mentioned as 1.3 kg, which is almost similar to 1.28 kg of the original.
The refreshed 13.3-inch model is expected to be available from 12 June at CNY 4999 (Rs 50,000 approx) for the 128 GB model and CNY 5499 (Rs 55,000 approx) for the 256 GB version.