Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker with a reputation for stylish design, has launched a new laptop but come in for criticism that the device is a MacBook rip-off.
The Windows 10-powered Mi Notebook Air does indeed look nearly identical to the MacBook Air, and the firm even drew comparisons between the two during a press conference on Wednesday.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air comes in two versions: a 13.3in model that Xiaomi claims is 13 per cent thinner and 11 per cent lighter than Apple's similarly sized offering, and an even lighter 12.5in model.
The bigger version is the more powerful of the two with a 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics and a 256GB SSD.
The 13.3in model has a USB Type-C connection, unlike its smaller sibling, that Xiaomi claims will charge the device to 50 per cent in just half an hour. The display has a 1920x1080 Full HD resolution, and comes with a backlit keyboard.
The 12.5in Mi Notebook Air uses a less powerful Intel Core M3 processor, 4GB of RAM, integrated graphics and a 128GB SSD. It does beat its bigger brother when it comes to battery performance, though, with a claimed 11.5 hours of juice on a single charge compared with 9.5.
It's unclear whether Xiaomi's duo of MacBook Air clones, which will be offered in gold or silver, will be available in the UK.
However, CNET reported that the Mi Notebook Air will be sold only in China, where the two models will be available from 2 August at ¥4,999 (around £580) and ¥3,499 (around £400).
Xiaomi also unveiled the Redmi Pro smartphone at an event in China on Wednesday. The affordable Android 6.0 handset is the first Xiaomi device with an OLED display, which measures 5.5in.
Two cameras on the rear with 13MP and 5MP sensors work together to replicate DSLR-style images, and the phone has a 10-core MediaTek chip, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
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