Yesterday Xiaomi unveiled the Mi NoteBook 14 for those who want something light to travel with (the Horizon Edition weighs in at 1.35 kg). Today the company is showing off a laptop for those who need something a bit beefier.
The Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Pro 15 (2020) is similar to the Enhanced Edition from last year. The power comes from 10th generation Intel processors – an i5-10210U in the base version and i7-10-510U in the top trim model. In both cases there’s an eGPU, an Nvidia GeForce MX350 (compared to MX250 on the 14” laptop).
The MX350 matches the GTX 960M and is slightly slower than a GTX 1050. Compared to the MX250, the newer GPU has a lot more shaders – 640 vs. 384. Both are based on the Pascal architecture (14nm), but the MX350 has more than double the TDP (25W) and slightly higher memory bandwidth.
To keep all of this cool, Xiaomi engineered a dual fan, dual cooling pipe solution. The base storage is a 512GB NVMe SSD, but you can have 1TB as well. This is also tied to upgrading from 8GB of RAM to 16GB (DDR4 2666 MHz).
The Mi NoteBook Pro 15 (2020) has a 15.6” LCD which is protected with Gorilla Glass 3. The 1080p panel promises 300 nits of brightness and 100% coverage of the sRGB color space.
Below that is a full-size keyboard with 1.5 mm key travel and backlighting. There’s a fingerprint reader for extra security, located on the touchpad.
In terms of ports, there are two USB-C ports on one side (next to an SD card reader) and two USB-A ports on the other, plus an HDMI and 3.5 mm headphone jack. Wireless connectivity features Wi-Fi 5 (ac, 2x2) and Bluetooth 5.0.
The 60Wh battery should last 17 hours of video playback. It can be charged to 50% in 40 minutes over USB-C. You can also use the USB-C ports to charge your phone at 18W.
The whole laptop weighs 2kg and boasts two 2.5W speakers courtesy of Harman Audio. Windows 10 Home comes pre-installed.
In China, the Xiaomi Mi NoteBook Pro 15 (2020) will be available any moment now on JD.com. The base version (i5, 8GB/512GB) is CNY 6,000 while the upgrade (i7, 16GB/1TB) is CNY 7,000. That works out to $850/€750 and $1,000/€875, respectively. Actually, the i5 model is showing up slightly cheaper, CNY 5,700, a launch day promo.
What version of HDMI is that? Can you connect a 4k 144hz monitor? Can you connect an external GPU?