Chinese company Xiaomi has thrown the tech world a huge surprise by launching its first-ever laptop, the Mi Notebook Air, a serious competitor to Apple's MacBook Air range.

At a glance it looks near identical to a MacBook Air and even comes in similar sizes – a powerful 13.3-inch and a portable 12.5-inch. Both feature a super slimline body, a 1080p display with under-glass bezels and a 1-megapixel webcam, a backlit keyboard, a USB Type-C charging port, and a minimalistic metallic design. It comes in gold or silver, and those with minimalist tastes will be pleased to see there are no brash logos on the outside. The flagship 13.3-inch model comes in at just 14.8mm thick and weighs 1.28kg, 10 grams heavier than the equivalent MacBook Air.

Inside the machine, the 13.3-inch model has an Intel Core i5-6200U "Skylake-U" processor (dual core, base frequency at 2.3GHz, turbo up to 2.7GHz) plus an NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU with 1GB GDDR5 of RAM. You also get 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB of SSD via PCIe and one free SATA slot for expansion. Xiaomi claims the 40Wh battery will give you 9.5 hours of charge, and that it can go from zero to 50 percent charge in just half an hour.

The best thing of all? It costs $750.

The Mi Notebook Air is releasing in China on August 2. Information regarding global release dates has yet to be released. Stay tuned for updates as we have them.

While we wait, check out these concept renderings of the new MacBook Pro.

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