At ChinaJoy 2018 in Shanghai, Xiaomi announced its new laptop — Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 2, which is an upgrade to the Mi Notebook Pro that was launched in September last year.
The display is still the same as its predecessor — 15.6-inch Full HD with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a front screen-to-body ratio of 81 percent and covers 72 percent of the NTSC color space. Thanks to the use of an IPS display panel, it offers good viewing angles, accompanied by 300 nits of brightness.
The laptop’s processor has been upgraded from Intel Core i7-7700HQ to an Intel Core i7-8750H-based Coffee Lake processors. This will make the performance improve up to 31.7 percent as the new chip now has 6-cores, compared to the 4-Cores of the previous one.
The Notebook Pro 2 or the Notebook Pro GTX Edition, comes in two variants. The higher-end version comes with the latest Intel Core i7-8550U processor along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and Nvidia GTX-1050 Max-Q graphics with 4GB GDDR5 memory.
The second variant comes with an Intel Core i5-8250U with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and Nvidia GTX-1050 Max-Q graphics with 4GB DDR5 RAM. Both variants have a fingerprint sensor with support for Windows Hello. There’s also a 60 watt-hour battery that supports USB Type-C fast charging.
The new Mi Gaming laptop has also been introduced, which packs up to 16GB RAM along with 256GB of PCIe SSD as well as 1TB HDD. The graphics processor is 6GB of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 with an option of GTX 1050 Ti MaxQ configuration, depending on the model.
Xiaomi has provided Hi-Res Audio and Dolby Atmos integration that works with the two built-in 3W speakers. In terms of connectivity, there are three USB 3.0 as well as a USB Type-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI 2.0 port. It has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth v4.1.
There’s a backlit keyboard with four independent color zones and each key featuring a thickness of 1.8mm. The keyboard includes an N-key rollover of 30 keys and five programmable keys. The device also comes with a built-in cooling system with a configuration of 3 + 2 copper pipes that help maintain the temperature.
In terms of software, the device runs Microsoft‘s Windows 10 Home operating system and also comes with pre-installed Office 2016 for Students. The device will be offered in following variants:
The high-end variant of the Mi Notebook Pro 2 costs 7,599 Yuan (approximately $1,110) while the base model is priced at 6,299 Yuan, which roughly converts to $920. Following are the different variants and pricing of the new Mi Gaming laptop:
- Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB of DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, GTX 1060 6GB, 256GB SSD PCI-e, 1TB hard drive for 8,999 Yuan (approximately $1,300).
- Intel Core i7-8750H, 8GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, 256GB SSD PCI-e, 1TB hard drive for 7,999 Yuan (approximately $1,160).
- Intel Core i5-8300H, 8GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, GTX 1060 6GB, 256GB PCI-e SSD, 1TB hard drive for 7,499 Yuan (approximately $1,100).
- Intel Core i5-8300H, 8GB of DDR4 2666 MHz RAM, GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, 256GB SSD PCI-e, 1TB hard drive for 6,699 Yuan (approximately $975).
All the models will be available for purchase in China starting from 16th August. Currently, there’s no information available about the Mi Notebook Pro 2 and Mi Gaming laptop’s availability in other markets.