Many years ago Xiaomi introduced a tablet that could eventually run Windows. However, it was only today that the company introduced its first Windows-based 2-in-1 convertible. It’s a 12.4-inch tablet with an optional keyboard that can turn it into an ultra-portable laptop.
The 12.4″ XiaomiBook S is powered by Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2, a 7nm chipset from the Snapdragon 865 generation. At the time, Qualcomm compared this by saying that with 7W TDP it is faster than an Intel Core i5 of 10th Gen 15W
Anyway, this board runs Windows 11, which includes x86-64 emulation so it can run PC software that isn’t native to ARM (Windows 10 can only do x86 32-bit emulation).
The 12.4-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (244 ppi, 16:10, 60 Hz) and 100% DCI-P3 coverage. It promises 500 nits of brightness at full throttle. The body of the tablet is made of an aluminum-magnesium alloy, it is 8.95mm thick and weighs only 720g. The front is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
For connectivity, you get a USB-C port, which can drive an external 4K display and perform the usual charging functions. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack on board, as well as a microSD slot for memory expansion. Speaking of which, the Snapdragon chipset is paired with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of storage.
Wireless connectivity features include Wi-Fi 5 (ac) and Bluetooth 5.1. There is no option for cellular connectivity, at least not in the version that will launch in Europe. So you may need to run a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone if you need to join a Zoom call on the go. The 1080p front-facing camera will come in handy for this, which is joined by two microphones that use Qualcomm’s Aqstic echo cancellation and noise cancellation technology. Also, there are stereo speakers on the sides.
Battery capacity isn’t listed, but the tablet will provide 13.4 hours of regular use, according to official figures. Charging is fast thanks to the 65W GaN charger, which is usually sold separately.
The XiaomiBook S 12.4″ has a normal price of €700. Reservations will begin on June 30 and for the first 48 hours the price is reduced to €600. As a bonus, the 65W charger, normally €40, will be included for free for the first two days.
And while you can use it as a tablet, it’s even better with the keyboard cover. It’s a full-size keyboard with 1.3mm key travel, plus a trackpad. The exterior is made of PU leather and there is a built-in kickstand to prop up the tablet. The keyboard deck connects to the tablet via pogo pins and adds 317g of weight.
This coverage costs €150, but the first 250 buyers will receive a reduction of €50. Regular coverage is available for €40.
An additional accessory that you can purchase for your XiaomiBook is the Smart Pen. The display tracks the stylus at a 240Hz sampling rate and can discern 4096 levels of pressure. The stylus is battery powered, but a full charge only takes 18 minutes and if you really can’t wait that long, a 1 minute charge will give you 20 minutes of use.
You can find the XiaomiBook S 12.4″ on the company’s official websites in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and other regions.
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