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Xiaomi may be known as a smartphone brand, but the company is a complete electronics giant these days, covering TVs, home appliances, audio equipment, wearables and more. In that “more” bracket is Xiaomi’s increasing range of Windows laptops. The range is getting one more device in the form of the new Xiaomi Book S.

This is a new ARM-based 2-in-1 laptop running Windows 11 out of the box. This means the Chinese manufacturer is the latest to join Microsoft’s Windows on ARM platform.

As for the device itself, the Book S has a 12.4-inch display with a 2560 x 1600 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio. Xiaomi points to a 60H refresh rate, which is not top-end specifications but good enough for most users.

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In terms of brightness, the highest output is 500nits. Users will be able to use an active stylus on this touchscreen display.

Compromises

As a Windows on ARM machine, the Xiaomi Book S has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 CPU. Interestingly, this is not the latest version of the Snapdragon’s Windows ARM chipset, nor is it the most powerful. Coupled with compromises on the display, it is clear Xiaomi is putting the Book S into the mid-range of the market.

The price is down to €699, which means some other compromises on the way. For example, there is only Wi-Fi connection and not cellular. That means this is a rare Windows on ARM laptop that is not an “Always Connected PC”.

Full Specs

 

Xiaomi Book S

Display

12.4-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 500 nits
100% DCI-P3, Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Processor

8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2

RAM

8 GB LPDDR4X

Storage

256 GB SSD

Battery

38W with a 65W charger
Up to 13.5 hours of video playback

Ports

1x USB-C, 3.5 mm audio jack, microSD reader

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1

Dimensions

294 x 197 x 8.95 mm, 720g
11.5 x 7.7 x 0.3 inches, 1.58 lb

Operating System

 

 

 

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