Xiaomi took everyone by surprise and as usual they offer a premium product at a very competitive price.

During the annual conference in Shanghai Xiaomi announced a new notebook which isn't a surprise given the success of last year Mi Notebook Pro, the real news is that this time around they are gonna offer a gaming device.

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The Xiaomi Mi Gaming Notebook will be released in China the 13th of April and, compared to similar gaming device, it has a very clean, modern and almost dull aesthetics with a nice aluminum chassis measuring 364 x 365,2 x 20,9mm when folded, which Xiaomi choosen purposely to make it blend between other workplace devices, yet the eye-catching RGB keyboard with 30 keys roll-over betrays a little bit this aspect. Personally, modern gaming devices extreme design is a bit tiresome and the Mi Gaming Notebook one is a nice change of pace.

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Hardware specs are nice but not super high end: Xiaomi wisely decided for balanced, efficient and cost effective configurations, offering the top tier version with an intel i7 7700HQ (4c/8t - 2.80Ghz/3.8Ghz Boost) Kaby Lake CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM (user upgradable/replaceable), 256GB NVMe + 1TB HDD storage (both user upgradable/replaceable) and a GTX 1060 with 6GB VRAM. The cheaper configuration is instead equipped with an Intel i5 7300HQ (4c/4t - 2.5Ghz/3.5Ghz Boost) 8GB RAM, 128GB SATA SSD + 1TB HDD and a GTX 1050Ti with 4GB VRAM. The weight is a bit high but in line with other aluminum body notebooks measuring about 2,7Kg and the battery is a 55Wh unit (unknown if user replaceable).

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The common specs are average but adequate: the Mi Gaming Notebook is equipped with a 1080p 15,6 inch 60hz IPS display with a viewing angle of 178 degree and 300nit luminance, 2 fans with 3+2 heatpipes heatsink, four USB 3.0 Type A ports, two USB Type-C ports, HDMI out, headphone jack with built in pre-amp, Sony Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, Gigabit Ethernet and Dual Band WiFi AC module with bluetooth 4.1.

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Current pricing for China release are 1440 US Dollars for the top tier model and 960 US Dollars for the cheaper model respectively, with other possible configurations between the two. It is still unknown when or if this pretty nice notebook will be released in western countries but I'm very curious to see how well Xiaomi engineered this product, considering that even well known brands usually have reliability issues in the long term usage, especially because of heat dissipation.