- Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi announced the launch of its first RedmiBook series of notebook computers.
- Both models are equipped with Intel Tiger Lake CPU, 10-hour battery and 15.6-inch FHD display.
- The price starts at Rs 41,999.
The Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi may be known for its affordable smartphone series, which combine reliable specifications with affordable prices. Now, the brand applies this concept to a new technology field-notebook computers. The company today announced its new RedmiBook notebook computer series, designed to meet the needs of people at home.
The RedmiBook series has two models, the Pro version and the E-Learning version, but the core design is not much different. Visually, the RedmiBook series is not exciting, but this is not the point. It uses black keys and charcoal gray matte finish, low-key and clean.
Both are equipped with a 15.6-inch FHD display mounted in a 1.8 kg polycarbonate body. In general, the thickness of RedmiBook Pro is less than 20 mm. A 720p webcam is installed directly above the screen, and a large touchpad with Windows Precision driver support should improve work efficiency. The keyboard uses a scissor switch with a stroke of 1.5 mm.
In terms of I/O, the power port is located on the left shoulder of the laptop, and the two USB 3.2 ports are located on both sides of the HDMI port. On the right side there is a Kensington lock slot, a full-size Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 2.0 port, SD card slot and 3.5 mm combo jack. Neither version of this machine has a USB-C port, so naturally there is no more general USB-PD charging.
Other features shared by the two models include two 2W speakers that support DTS, Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 5.0.
RedmiBook core specifications
RedmiBook Pro is equipped with Intel’s 11th-generation Tigerlake CPU, and is titled with a quad-core Core i5-11300H equipped with Intel Iris Xe GPU. It is paired with 8GB of 3,200MHz RAM and 512GB of NVMe-based storage. A 46-watt-hour battery can be used for 10 hours to power the laptop and is equipped with a 65-watt charger to provide support. Redmi claims that this charger can charge the battery from 0% to 50% in about half an hour.
The main differences of the RedmiBook e-learning version include the CPU and SSD options. Intel Core i3-1115G4 is available as a replacement chip. With this option you will sacrifice the base clock speed and two cores, but the performance of the chip should not be much different in general daily use.
E-learning buyers can also choose a 256GB SSD, although it is based on SATA. Likewise, you will sacrifice some speed on NVMe-based 512GB storage.
Both laptops are equipped with Windows 10, and Redmi guarantees that both can be upgraded to Windows 11 when that time comes. Microsoft Office 2019 has also arrived, further attracting those who are grafted at home.
RedmiBook series price and availability
RedmiBook Pro is priced at 49,999 rupees (about 672 US dollars), which is lower than Dell’s Inspiron, HP’s 15s and Lenovo’s Ideapad series in the crowded 15-inch notebook market in India.
The 256GB RedmiBook e-learning version is priced at 41,999 rupees (approximately US$565), and if you don’t pursue raw power, it can be said to be a better choice. To get the 512GB option, you need 44,999 rupees (approximately US$605).
The prices of both RedmiBooks are slightly lower than their designated bank discounts. The two models will be shipped from Xiaomi’s online and physical stores and Flipkart on August 6.
Although Redmi is very popular in the field of smartphones, and Xiaomi’s previous laptop products are also very popular, the brand will have something to prove to compete with these mature computing giants. RedmiBook seems to be a solid start.
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