Thursday, January 19, 2017

2017 Xiaomi Notebook Air to Features Magnesium-Lithium Chassis

In July 2016, Xiaomi introduced the first generation of its Notebook. The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air, it was announced in two variants a 13.3-inch variant and a 12.5-inch variant, both with latest hardware really slim and modern designs. While the features were impressive and the 13-inch model did weigh in at 1.28kg.

However, that doesn't mean that the Chinese company isn't actually working on a second-generation Mi Notebook Air. In fact, the second-gen would be introduced at some point later this year.

While there are no specs released currently, Xiaomi Technology will launch a notebook featuring a chassis made of magnesium-lithium alloy this year (2017). The chassis will be exclusively produced by a China-based joint-venture established by Taiwan-based thermal management solution provider TaiSol Electronics and Japan-based ShinSho.

The ODM production will be overtaken by Inventec and according to the Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Magnesium-Aluminum alloy chassis is 50% lighter in weight and Magnesium-Lithium alloy is 75% lighter but still highly sturdy.

The high price of the magnesium-lithium chassis is the major drawback and only a few vendors have adopted the chassis for their notebooks. NEC's 13.3-inch Lavie Z released in 2012, which adopted magnesium-lithium chassis, only weighed 0.88kg. Compared to other 13.3-inch products at the time, the notebook was 1.1kg lighter on average.

The weight is also lighter than Apple's existing 13.3-inch MacBook Air at 1.35kg. Xiaomi's notebook orders for 2016 were handled by Wistron and Inventec, and Inventec is expected to continue making notebooks for the China-based vendor in 2017.

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