Lenovo is at it again, and as the current holder of the world’s number one PC manufacturer title (Chinese manufacturer at that), it knew exactly what to do to compete with all these “Air” computers everywhere. Obviously, we’ve all gotten used to the next-to-perfect MacBook Air, and then suddenly, Xiaomi wowed the world with its Mi Notebook Air reveal last month. Lenovo’s latest, the Air 13 Pro, is a direct competitor to the impressive Mi Notebook Air, and it looks like neither company is fearful of being the loser in the game.
How is there room for a loser when both notebooks offer some pretty steady hardware, as well as the exact same price tags? Lenovo, sporting a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display (Xiaomi’s Air features two different size options, one also being 13.3) measures just 14mm, or .55 inches thick, and weighs 1.29kg, or 2.84lbs. The Air 13 pro is powered by Intel’s Skylake Core i5-6200U processor, comes with 4GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. Just for comparison sake, the Mi Notebook Air also has an Intel Core i5 processor, but ups the storage to 8GB of next-gen DDR4 RAM. As far as graphics, Lenovo offers the same GPU as Xiaomi, the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX.
Lenovo ups the ante by offering a fingerprint sensor to its laptop, accompanied by a full-sized backlit keyboard. Along with the latest Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies, connectivity ports include one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, one USB Type-C for charging, plus its 46Whr battery offers around 7.5 hours of constant use. Also available is a higher configuration, featuring Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and the same high-performance graphics. Both options are fully supported by Windows 10.
When we are comparing Lenovo vs. Xiaomi side-by-side (hey it’s obvious we’re supposed to be doing that), the Mi Notebook Air has a bit higher specs on the table (more RAM to start, a higher battery life projection at 9.5 hours, including quick charging, plus 2 USB 3.0 ports instead of one). Yet, Lenovo does add in that fingerprint sensor, something we’ve watched become incredibly useful with smartphones. The Lenovo Air 13 Pro, competitive in every way possible, is priced at about $827 for the lowest option, while Xiaomi’s device starts at $850. You won’t be able to get your hands on it in the U.S.A. yet however, these ultraportables have only been announced for sale in China so far.
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