Many of us guessed this would be Xiaomi’s next notebook, a gaming-focused one. Since the Mi Notebook series has done so well, it’s the logical next step for Xiaomi’s laptop series. And their first gaming laptop looks like a great attempt if lacking the new 6 core Intel 8750H CPU’s only just announced. There are three models Xiaomi will be selling with different GPUs & CPU’s. The top of the line spec will feature an Intel Core i7 7700HQ which is found it most gaming laptops. 4 Cores, 8 threads, and this model has the Nvidia GTX 1060 with 6GB of RAM. 16GB or 8GB of RAM, 256GB NVme SSD and 1TB HDD. There is also a spare NVMe slot.
The second mid spec has the i7 swapped out for the Core i5 7300HQ, a similar CPU a still 45W TDP CPU, but it has 4 cores and 4 threads. No 1TB SSD, but retains the Nvidia GTX 1060. And 8GB of RAM max. But remember the RAM is upgradable, as the Mi Gaming Laptop has two SODIMM slots, so you could add up to 32GB of DDR4 spec RAM.
And the base model has the Core i5 7300HQ, 8GB of RAM 128GB NVMe SSD and the Nvidia 1050 Ti.
All laptops have the 1TB spindle HDD for larger but slower storage. 1 Gigabit LAN port, Type-C USB 3.1 4k 60hz output, HDMI 2.0 4k 60Hz, Displayport and 4 x USB 3.0 ports. So well covered there, great to see HDMI 2.0 that should have been in the Mi Notebook Pro!
The keyboard is backlit with 4 RGB customization zones and even some RGB side lighting. It has 4 customizable keys on the keyboard for programmable shortcuts.
Pricing so far from exporters is interesting, to say the least, I feel Xiaomi really needs to price this a little cheaper to compete with Dell, HP, ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte.
- The base Core i5 7300HQ, 128GB SSD, 8GB, Nvidia 1050 Ti version is currently $1059 Which is well above other 1050 Ti gaming laptops.
- And the most expensive model is over $1600 with the 16GB of RAM, i7 and GTX 1060.
- The best deal is the Core i5 7300HQ, 8GB, GTX 1060 model for $1279.99
So the build quality should be great, the ports and RGB Lighting, keyboard and sound is a step up over other gaming laptops with similar specs. However, I feel for the price the screen should be at least 120hz refresh for the GTX 1060 models at least. Not only that but Xiaomi should have waited for the new 8th Gen 6 core CPU’s like the i7-8750H. But I expect Xiaomi to revise this laptop end of the year adding 8th Gen CPU’s, 120hz screen and maybe the new Nvidia GPU if they are out then. I’ll be reviewing this new gaming laptop, maybe both versions I can as soon as I can get my hands on one. They Mi Gaming Laptop is up for pre-order now shipping on the 14th in China.
Mi Gaming Laptop official webpage (In Chinese use Google translate or Chrome)
Xiaomi Mi Gaming laptop press images:
|Model||Mi Gaming Laptop 15.6″|
|Resolution||1920 × 1080 (142 PPi)
178 ° wide viewing angle
16: 9 widescreen
|Contrast ratio||300 nit brightness|
|Border and screen proportion||Narrow frame: 9.9 mm
Screen proportion 81%72% NTSCHigh-precision anti-glare
|Processor||7th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5-7300HQ or i7-7700HQ|
|Highest frequency||3.5 GHz or 3.8Ghz (7700HQ)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA ® the GeForce ® GTX 1060|
|Video output||USB-C and HDMI 2.0 video output
Supports 1080p resolution (up to 60Hz)
Supports 4K resolution (30Hz)
Support three-screen display and dual 4K video playback
|SDRAM||3GB (1050 Ti) or 6GB GDDR5 Memory|
|RAM||16GB or 8GB DDR4 2400MHz memory|
|SSD||128GB SSD/256GB + 1TB HDD
Maximum read speed of 1.5GB / s
Support portable external hard drives
|Webcamera||1MP camera supports 1280×720 video calls with a digital array microphone|
|Audio||Customized dual speaker AKG high power 3Wx2
Dolby Audio ™ Dolby Panorama Sound — Gaming Enhanced Sound System
High-Quality Audio Standard Certification in Japan
|USB-C and HDMI video output||USB-C: 1080p resolution (up to 60Hz), 4K resolution (up to 60Hz)
HDMI 2.0: 1080p resolution (up to 60Hz), 4K resolution (up to 60Hz)
|Cache||L3 cache 6MB|
|Battery type||55 Wh Li-Ion Battery|
|Battery performance||Online video player 5 hours
Local video playback 5.5 hours
Web browsing 6.5 hours
|Operating system||Pre-installed Windows 10 Home Chinese Edition|
|Wireless||Intel 2X2 dual WiFi antenna
Support 2.4GHz, 5GHz dual frequency
Support 802.11ac network protocol, compatible with 802.11 b / g / n
Maximum speed up to 867Mbps
|Interface||USB-C 5Gb/s transfer speed x 1
USB 3.0 5Gb/s transfer speed × 4Gigabit Ethernet port x 1
Full-size HDMI 2.0 port x 1
Headphone Microphone Jack x 1Microphone jack x 1
|Keyboard||135° screen opening and closing angle
Multi-finger gesture control
|Package||Mi Gaming Laptop x 1
Power Adapter x 1Power Cord x 1
User Manual x 1