Xiaomi Announces Redmi Pro and Mi Notebook Air

Xiaomi today announces two new products – Redmi Pro and Mi Notebook Air. The latter is a laptop that is good for gaming with an affordable price. It looks and sounds like Apple MacBook Air but with awesome pricing and hardware.


With the launch of these two products, I wonder if this is Xiaomi’s way of showing the world (especially Apple) what they can achieve at a fraction of the cost without compromising the quality.

For example, recent leaks of the iPhone 7 showed a variant of it with dual camera and a rumored name of iPhone 7 Pro. Xiaomi now announces Redmi Pro with Dual Camera. What a coincidence. Specs wise, it is on par, or even better than most phones. Price wise, it is always Xiaomi’s strong point. At just RMB1,499 (SGD305)  (32GB) or RMB1,699 (SGD345)(64GB), it is a steal.

Next, Apple MacBook Air is famous for its sleek and clean minimalist look. Look at Xiaomi’s latest product, Mi Notebook Air. Based on the design, it has the same minimalist look as the MacBook Air. It charges via USB-C, which will be the standard (my opinion) for future laptops and handphones. Even the name sounds similar. The killer part is the price. At RMB4,999 (SGD1,017)(13.3-inches) and RMB3,499 (SGD712)(12.5-inch), it is a really affordable, especially that the laptop comes with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics card (for 13.3-inch model only), something that you don’t see on typical laptops.

Unfortunately, there is no news if they will come to Singapore. Will update once we have the latest information.

Press Release

Xiaomi announces Redmi Pro and enters laptop market with Mi Notebook Air

With flagship-grade features, Redmi Pro takes the Redmi product line to a new level

BEIJING, 27 July 2016 — Leading smartphone company Xiaomi unveiled Redmi Pro today, a smartphone with many firsts that redefines the Redmi product line. At the same time, it also announced that it is entering the laptop market with Mi Notebook Air, a high-performance lightweight notebook set to disrupt the industry.

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Xiaomi has sold 110 million Redmi phones across the world in three years, equivalent to 1.2 units sold every second. Redmi Pro, priced from RMB 1499, is Xiaomi’s first smartphone
featuring dual rear cameras and an OLED display. Equipped with a flagship-grade Helio X25 processor and a beautiful brushed metal body, Redmi Pro introduces a new higher-end category to the Redmi series that is already widely recognised for its high-quality, reliable phones.

Mi Notebook Air comes in two sizes — 13.3 inches and 12.5 inches — priced at RMB 4999 and RMB 3499 respectively.

Redmi Pro: First dual-camera, OLED Xiaomi phone

Redmi Pro is the first smartphone from Xiaomi to come with dual rear cameras. The main camera uses a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensor, and is supported by a secondary rear camera with a 5-megapixel Samsung sensor.

The dual cameras on Redmi Pro shoot simultaneously and apply hardware-level depth of field processing to create a dynamic and beautiful blurred background, or bokeh, effect commonly found in photos taken on a DSLR. The two cameras on Redmi Pro work together in real time to calculate the distance of objects in the scene, giving users the ability to select the focus point in photos after a shot is taken, unlike traditional dual-camera systems that typically do so via software.

Another first for a Xiaomi smartphone is the use of an OLED display on Redmi Pro. The 5.5-inch full-HD OLED display has a contrast ratio of 60,000:1, and can display 100% of the NTSC colour gamut, resulting in extremely vibrant colours that give users a great viewing and gaming experience.

In addition, Redmi Pro is equipped with the high-performance MediaTek Helio X25 processor (the base model comes with Helio X20). With 10 CPU cores that are divided into three clusters, Helio X25 is more efficient at allocating processing power and optimising battery performance.

The Mali-T880 GPU found in the Helio X25 processor offers improved graphics performance that is 180% more powerful than the previous generation, with a corresponding 40% drop in power consumption.

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Other key features of Redmi Pro:

  • Brushed metal unibody design
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • 4050mAh battery
  • Type-C USB
  • Up to 4GB RAM and 128GB ROM
  • Front fingerprint sensor
  • Hybrid dual SIM slot
  • Comes in gold, grey and silver
  • 151.5 x 76.2 x 8.15mm / 174g

Redmi Pro will be available in China on Mi.com and at Mi Home stores starting 6 August. The 3GB RAM+32GB ROM version will sell for RMB 1499, 3GB RAM+64GB ROM for RMB 1699 and 4GB RAM+128GB ROM for RMB 1999.

Mi Notebook Air: Thin, light and powerful

Xiaomi made its first foray into the laptop market today with Mi Notebook Air, which breathes new life into an industry that has traditionally seen users having to choose between performance and design.

High-performance notebooks are typically very bulky while thinner, lightweight notebooks are usually not as powerful. Mi Notebook Air has not compromised on either performance or design — it is a high-performance lightweight notebook perfect for all study, work and entertainment needs. The team behind Mi Notebook Air has on average over 10 years of industry experience. Mi Notebook Air is manufactured by Inventec and Wistron.

The 13.3-inch Mi Notebook Air comes with a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics card that delivers a smooth gaming experience with stunning visuals. Coupled with a 256GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), Mi Notebook Air offers an incredibly fast user experience even while performing demanding tasks. On top of that, Mi Notebook Air has one free SSD slot that gives users an option to expand its storage.

Mi Notebook Air also comes with Mi Cloud Sync, a feature that allows MIUI users to access their contacts, text messages, photos and notes stored in Mi Cloud directly on Mi Notebook Air.

Key features of Mi Notebook Air (13.3-inch)

  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics card
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • 256GB PCIe SSD, with expandable SATA SSD slot
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Windows 10
  • Lasts 9.5 hours on a single charge, charges 50% in 30 minutes
  • Weighs 1.28kg / Measures 309.6 x 210.9 x 14.8mm
  • Type-C USB for charging, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 3.5mm audio port
  • Comes in gold and silver
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For those who want something even sleeker, Mi Notebook Air comes in a smaller 12.5-inch variant that weighs only 1.07kg and has a longer battery life of 11.5 hours on a single charge.

Key features of Mi Notebook Air (12.5-inch)

  • Intel Core M3 processor with integrated graphics
  • 4GB RAM + 128GB expandable SSD
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Windows 10
  • Lasts 11.5 hours on a single charge
  • Weighs 1.07kg / Measures 292 x 202 x 12.9mm
  • Comes in gold and silver

Mi Notebook Air will be available on Mi.com and Mi Home stores in China starting 2 August.

About Xiaomi

Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun, who believes that high-quality technology doesn’t need to cost a fortune. We create remarkable hardware, software, and Internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes the Mi Note Pro, Mi Note, Mi 5, Redmi Note 3, Mi TV, Mi Band and other accessories. With more than 70 million handsets sold in 2015, and products launched in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia and Brazil, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.