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Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air gets a hardware refresh in 2017

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 2017

Intel Kaby Lake Core i7 confirmed for the 2017 Mi Notebook Air

Xiaomi’s original Mi Notebook Air turns one year next month, so the company is announcing a hardware refresh for 2017. The Chinese giant has upgraded the processors of the notebook that will also include some brand new hardware features.

Thanks to a new generation of Intel processors, the most powerful variant of the Notebook Air for 2017 will be 10% faster than the 2016 model.

The new 13.3-inch laptop will also include a fingerprint scanner near the trackpad for a quick authentication. It will have a 1-mp web camera for video calls, USB-C, Bluetooth 4.1, and two USB 3.0 ports. The display has a full HD resolution, and the Notebook Air offers up to 9.5 hours of battery life.

Xiaomi will sell the high-end version (i7, 8gb RAM, 256GB) for $880, while the model with Core i5, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage will retail in China for $735. The company may not launch the Mi Notebook Air in other markets, but you can always order it online from one of the many Chinese retailers.