Xiaomi has revealed their first laptop. Like the mobile handsets that rocketed the brand to cult status, it’s cheap, simple and looks a hell of a lot like an Apple.

The Mi Notebook Air (yes – Air), makes no secret of which consumers they are looking to target, those with not enough coin to buy a MacBook Air. The laptop comes in two sizes, 13.3-inch and 12.5-inch with a Windows OS and a very familiar metal shell with full-HD display.

All credit to Xiaomi, the company has capitalized on Apple’s brand-power in China to make budget products for the local Chinese market that generally exceed expectations in terms of performance, and there’s no law against that.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com