Xiaomi’s new budging laptop is coming on the 11th in China. The RedmiBook 14 features a 14″ IPS but I cannot see anywhere if it’s a glossy finish or a matte one. Hopefully the latter (User comment confirms it’s a matte screen, yay!). The build is all alloy with a weight of 1.5 kilos and 18mm thick. It has the refreshed Whiskey lake Core i5 8265U and i7 8765U which is about 10% faster than the older Kaby Lake R and the newer Nvidia MX250 dedicated GPU. This GPU is basically an MX150 (Pascal) just overclocked and the same 2GB of DDR5 dedicated RAM. It’s fast enough to game with on low and medium settings for most titles.
Since it’s under the Redmi brand we should also see it released in Europe and India at some point but it starts shipping in China on the 11th this month. The Entry level model sells for $580 USD approximately (In China) but only has 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the 8GB LPDDR4 of RAM version with 256GB SSD will cost around $780 from resellers.
All versions have Wireless AC 2 x 2 antennas, a Spare M.2 slot for adding a second drive and a USB 2.0 port and 2 x USB 3.0, 3.5mm and HDMI 1.4A output only. No HDMI 2.0A, no type-c and no fingerprint reader. The webcam is a 1MP and it charges via DC with a 65Wh battery and fast charging support. It has 2 x 15W DTS Speakers.
It looks good, but sad to see no type-C and no HDMI 2.0 something they didn’t add to keep the price down and not effect Mi Notebook Pro sales? It’s listed on Geekbuying starting from $739 and ships on the 17th.
And yes I’ll do my best to review this one!