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Lenovo Air 13 Pro laptop launched

by Mark Tyson on 28 July 2016, 13:11

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Lenovo has launched an immediate response to Xiaomi's Mi Notebook Air flagship model. The Lenovo Air 13 Pro launched a few hours ago in China and features very similar specs and pricing to the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13. Again this is a Chinese launch but at least here in the west we have historically had the opportunity to easily find and purchase Lenovo PCs and laptops.

On the official Lenovo product information page (in Chinese only unfortunately) you can see that Lenovo is promoting the Air 13 Pro at exactly the same price as the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13 – 4999 RMB. So let's have a look through its specs to see if it is better/same worse than Xiaomi's finest.


Lenovo Air 13 Pro

Mi Notebook Air 13.3


Intel Core i5-6200U

Intel Core i5-6200U, 2.7GHz


Nvidia GeForce 940MX, 2GB GDDR5

Nvidia GeForce 940MX, 1GB GDDR5








USB-C 5Gb/s, USB 3.0 x1, USB 2.0 x1, HDMI, Audio I/O, Bluetooth 4.1, SDXC card reader

USB-C 5Gb/s, USB 3.0 x 2, HDMI, Audio I/O


13.3-inch 1920 x 1080, IPS

13.3-inch 1920 x 1080


14.8mm thick, 1.29Kg

310 x 211 x 14.8mm, 1.28Kg



40Wh, 9.5 hours


RMB 4999, £570

RMB 4999, £570


As you might expect the spec comparison isn't exactly like for like, while one manufacturer elaborates on some specs the other might not fill in certain blanks. However, you can see quite a few clear differences alongside the similarities. In particular, the Lenovo's GPU is paired with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, which could offer some improvement in its 1080p gaming performance. Another Lenovo advantage on paper is the higher capacity battery. The Lenovo has a backlit keyboard but we aren't sure about the Xiaomi. Other uncertainties are in material construction and the full set of dimensions.

On the other hand Lenovo falls significantly behind with system memory, with 4GB installed as standard, instead of the 8GB the Xiaomi is kitted out with. If you were buying you would also want to have a play with both manufacturer's new laptops to get a feel of the build quality and so on.

Lenovo isn't just making one variant of its Air 13 Pro, there are versions with an i7 processors, and expanded RAM and storage as you can see below. The cheapest model is currently on pre-order sale at RMB 4999 rather than 5499, in order to match the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air 13.

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Your table shows the Lenovo @ 4999RMB, but the table with the same spec shows it @ 5499RMB, typo?

Also the Lenovo is covered in stickers and is nowhere near as sleek from the side:

Seems like Xiaomi won this on first impressions - better spec (RAM) and nicer/cleaner design.
Funny how both companies use the word “Air” to sell their products.

I have no desire to buy anything from a Chinese company. A shame so few components and laptops are made elsewhere. Think before you buy.
Your table shows the Lenovo @ 4999RMB, but the table with the same spec shows it @ 5499RMB, typo? …

It says further down in the article, the Lenovo is currently listed with a discount for pre-orders, bringing it down to 4999.
Yes, its RMB 4999 for a limited time.
Surface Book or nothing at all.