We are at ChinaJoy 2018 and while there’s a great deal of exciting gaming-related announcements here, the headlines have been grabbed by Xiaomi using the revamped PC line-up and a focus on gaming laptops.
The company announced the Mi Notebook Guru GTX model at the occasion and we spent a while together with the laptop on the show floor.
The first thing to note is it’s pretty much the same as the Mi Notebook Guru from last year, and it very much emulates the appearance and texture of a MacBook Pro. There’s no branding anywhere except on the bottom bezel of the display, which is gigantic.
The display appears pretty much the same (we could not run any display tests on the device onto the show floor) therefore it can become very bright and while I could not use it outdoors, it does seem like sun visibility should not be an issue, whether it’s the same display as the last-gen model.
The keyboard has quite a lot of travel and scanning for the 10-15 minutes that I used it was a pretty great experience.
The trackpad is enormous, as one might expect as it’s basically a MacBook Pro out of Xiaomi, and it has a fingerprint scanner at the upper right corner. I’d notice the same issues using the cursor movement not as eloquent when you reach the corner using the fingerprint scanner as I did when using last year’s Mi Notebook Air that we analyzed.
You also receive the regular vents including an SD card slot (something that not a great deal of lean laptops go for these days), there are two USB Type-A interfaces for connecting devices on the left, an HDMI on the left side, and two USB 3.0 Type-C interfaces on the proper alongside a headphone jack.
As it packs a GTX 1050, gaming performance ought to be improved in comparison with the last-gen model, although the Max-Q design GPU (because of the thin form factor) will obviously not be as strong as a regular 1050 that you may see in a complete gaming laptop. There are 8 gigs of RAM on board so that I can safely say that video games like PUBG and Fortnite will not be an issue.
We tried running a few benchmarking software but could not install them at the short time we had together with the laptops. We are particularly interested in seeing whether this machine has enough graphics capability to be used as a gaming laptop. Stay tuned to discover more.
Disclosure: This correspondent’s travel and stay to ensure ChinaJoy 2018 was sponsored by Qualcomm