Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop will go on sale in China starting April 13 Image: Twitter
The focus of Xiaomi's launch event on Tuesday may have been the Mi Mix 2S flagship smartphone, but the Chinese Tech giant also used the occasion as the platform to introduce their own line of gaming laptops called Mi Gaming Laptop. Xiaomi is no stranger to the laptop market, having launched the Mi Book in the past but this will be the company's first foray into the world of hardcore gaming hardware.
The Mi Gaming Laptops will launch in two variants and pack some serious hardware for mid-budget gaming laptops. The higher-end model runs an Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor coupled with 16GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM. The laptop running Windows 10 comes with a 256GB of NVMe PCIe SSD and a 1TB hard drive. The Mi Gaming Laptop houses a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB DDR5 VRAM for optimal gaming performance at high resolutions. The variant will start retailing for 8999 yuan or Rs 93,000 (approx).
The lower-specced variant comes with a 7th Generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM, 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD. On the GPU front, the model is equipped with a very capable Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card with 4GB of DDR 5 RAM. The variant has been priced at 5,999 yuan or around Rs 62,000 (approx).
Do you ❤️ gaming? We have created this amazing new 15.6" Mi Gaming Laptop especially for you! pic.twitter.com/wmMpwQbcIk— Mi (@xiaomi) March 27, 2018
Except for the above-mentioned specifications, both variants are identical. The Mi Gaming Laptop comes with a 15.6-inch full HD (1920x1080) screen with 72 percent NTSC colour gamut. Xiaomi has kept the bezels to a minimum and included all the bells and whistles which come with a traditional gaming laptop. The laptop features a professional RGB backlit gaming keyboard complete with macro keys. There are also four LED lights placed on the chassis to enhance the looks. There are stereo 3W speakers equipped with Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio integration for a richer audio experience.
The Mi Gaming laptops will have a smaller footprint than most other gaming laptops and Xiaomi claims they have given extra attention to cooling. There are two thin turbine fans along with five wide heat pipes (three for cooling the GPU and two for the processor). Fan grilles occupying 46 per cent of its back panel TO facilitate better heat dissipation. Xiaomi has also added a dedicated Tornado key, which can lower laptop temperature quickly.
The device will be available for sale in China starting April 13. Release dates for India and other markets are yet to be revealed.