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Xiaomi RedmiBook Air 13 launched: A laptop with a 2.5K display, a minimal design and up to 16 GB of RAM for ~US$750

The Xiaomi RedmiBook Air 13 is available in three SKUs. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Xiaomi RedmiBook Air 13 is available in three SKUs. (Image source: Xiaomi)
Xiaomi has unveiled its latest ultrabook, the RedmiBook Air 13. The laptop features a 2.5K display with an 89% screen-to-body ratio, 512 GB of storage and up to 16 GB of RAM. The RedmiBook Air 13 also has a 41 Wh battery and starts at CNY 4,899 (~US$705) with 8 GB of RAM. The cheapest 16 GB SKU costs CNY 5,199 (~US$750), though.
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The RedmiBook Air 13 is Xiaomi's latest compact laptop. Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi has been inspired by Apple again with its latest laptop, although it will only be available in silver with a black display bezel. The Chinese company is yet to adopt the increasingly-popular 16:10 aspect ratio, though. Instead, Xiaomi has relied on a 16:9 and 13.3-inch panel that resolves at 2,560 x 1,600 pixels. According to Xiaomi, the display covers 100% of the sRGB colour space and can reach 300 nits of peak brightness. The company also boasts that the display has an 89% screen-to-body ratio, although there is a noticeable chin on the bottom edge.

Beneath the simple exterior of the RedmiBook Air 13 lies a 41 Wh battery and 512 GB of storage. Xiaomi is offering the device with either 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM. We should point out that the company has included a SATA SSD and LPDDR3 RAM clocked at 2,133 MHz, which feels rather cheap in 2020.

The company also offers the choice of the Core i5-10210Y or the Core i7-10510Y. The latter is only available with 16 GB of RAM, while the former can be equipped with 8 GB or 16 GB. The RedmiBook Air 13 measures 297.5 x 212 x 12.99 mm and weighs 1.05 kg. However, Xiaomi has only included two USB Type-C ports and a 35 mm headphone jack.

The RedmiBook Air 13 starts at CNY 4,899 (~US$705) in China for the 8 GB and Core i5 model. If you want 16 GB of RAM, then Xiaomi will charge CNY 5,199 (~US$750), while the Core i7 edition retails on Mi.com for CNY 5,899 (~US$850). Xiaomi is unlikely to sell the RedmiBook Air 13 outside of China through official channels. Still, we would expect third-party retailers like Gearbest to offer the device soon.

The Xiaomi RedmiBook Air 13 has a rather large chin. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Xiaomi RedmiBook Air 13 has a rather large chin. (Image source: Xiaomi)
(Image source: Xiaomi)
(Image source: Xiaomi)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-08-14 (Update: 2020-08-14)