Xiaomi Mi Air 12 Kaby Lake version – Huge Update? or Reboot?

My favorite Notebook, the Xiaomi Mi Air 12 is getting a Kaby Lake Update. But will it be huge update? Or just a reboot.

The new Xiaomi Mi Air 12 Kaby Lake is identical to the Skylake version with basically the Chipset upgraded

SpecsXiaomi Mi Air 12 Kaby Lake
CHIPSETIntel Kaby Lake Core M3-7Y30 Dual Core
GPU: Intel HD 615
ROM: 128 GB Samsung M.2 SSD (535MB/s) 2280 Slot
Expansion: Supports M.2 SSD
OS64 bit Windows 10 Home Edition Single Language
Not Activated
DISPLAY12.5" IPS, Fully Laminated, 5.59mm Border
1920 x 1080 pixels, 176ppi, Sapphire Glass
CAMERAFront: 1.0 mp
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.1
Intel Dual Band 8260 WiFi 2.4/5GHz
USB Type C
USB 3.1 (Standard)
IO1 x 3.5mm Audio Port
1x HDMI Standard Port (4K video output)
1x USB 3.1 Slot (Standard)
1x USB Type C
AUDIOAKG Custom Dual Loudspeakers (Dolby Surround)
DIMENSIONS292 x 202 x 12.9 mm
Weight: 1.07kg
BATTERY37Wh/ 7.4V/ 5000mAh
(6-7 Battery real time test)
Fast Charging Support (90 minutes)

Strengths or PROS of the Xiaomi Mi Air 12 Kaby Lake

  • New KabyLake Chipet offers about 10% more in terms of Performance
  • Stunning Looks and Premium Grade Materials (100% All Aluminum)
  • Reminiscent of a Macbook look
  • Good Thermals (idle 31-39C), Gaming/Heavy load (60°C)
  • Fast SSD Storage (Samsung MZNTV128HDHP SSD )
  • Awesome 1080p IPS Display (Vibrant, Deep Contrast and Wide Viewing Angle)
  • End to End Glass Screen protected by Sapphire Glass
  • Good Quality Front Facing Camera (good for skype)
  • Decent AKG Loudspeakers (high volume, doesn’t distort and crisp sound)
  • Dolby Surround Sound Technology
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack has excellent Audio Quality, no static sounds
  • One of the better 1080p IPS Screen currently available
  • Sturdy hinge design for the screen (can be opened easily one handed)
  • Fast and Stable Dual Band WiFi 2.4/5GHz (Intel Dual Band Wireless AC-8260)
  • One of the best Keyboard and Touch pad I have ever tested
  • Good typing experience, 1.2mm spacing and good tactile feedback and LED Backlit
  • Quick Charging support (Fast Charger can quickly charge 40% to 90% in less than 1 hour)
  • Supports both USB 3.1 and USB Type C (supports external devices)
  • SSD can be upgraded to M.2 SSD
  • Can be used on Video Editing (1080p or lower), Photoshop etc…
  • 5-6 hours average battery life


  • Non touch screen (despite the IPS panel) and even on the more expensive models
  • Intel HD615 (gaming potential is limited) – for better gaming, go for the Xiaomi Mi Air 13
  • Limited number of Ports (1x USB 3.0)
  • Comes with Chinese Win10 (only one with valid license), English version (cannot be activated)

You can also read about the Xiaomi Mi Air 12 Skylake version here


Availability? Xiaomi Mi Air 12 (2017 Edition) 4+128 GB retails at $459 (Use Coupon Code: MILAP120)

Xiaomi Mi Air 12 (2017 Edition) 4+ 256 GB retails at $539 (Use Coupon Code: MIAIR256)

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My All rounder Daily Driver

I have been using Xiaomi Mi Air 12 since I had received it. It is probably one of the best Notebook that I have tested. It has it all, great build quality, gorgeous screen, well constructed keyboard and Touchpad and good overall performance. But does it need a Kaby Lake reboot? Well, if it will offer a bit more improvements then so be it.

Kaby Lake and that is it…

I know that, you should not fix what isn’t broken, but I am a bit skeptical about this move from Xiaomi. Considering the release of the Cube Thinker i35, which offers Kaby Lake Chipset, a lot more RAM and SSD storage, and plus a 3K Surface Book Touch Screen Display, it would be foolish for Xiaomi to release a reboot on the same price range or even much pricier. Don’t get me wrong, the Xiaomi Mi Air 12 was a novelty, but it was also flawed. It isn’t touch screen and comes with a Non-English Windows OS. And looking at the Cube Thinker, it will be completely outdone. I think, Xiaomi should price this notebook, the same with the original Mi Air 12 or even cheaper. More or less, if this is just a reboot to Kaby lake, it will be more like the Cube Mix Plus. What do you think? Do you want a reboot of the Xiaomi Mi Air 12?

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