Xiaomi has announced its first ARM-based Windows tablet

Xiaomi is not new to Windows computers. The Chinese manufacturer has a solid portfolio of Windows laptops with different price tags and features, and now there is another somewhat exotic option. Xiaomi has announced the Xiaomi Book S, a 2-in-1 hybrid tablet with Windows 11 and an ARM processor.

The Xiaomi Book S follows the well-established hybrid tablet formula that Microsoft first introduced with its Surface Pro devices. It’s a 12.4-inch tablet with a 16:10 screen, 2560 x 1600 resolution and a modest 60Hz refresh rate. The manufacturer claims that the display reaches a maximum brightness of 500 nits and supports an active stylus.

What makes Xiaomi Book S stand out among hybrid Windows tablets is the choice of processor. Xiaomi has decided to ditch traditional Intel chips in favor of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2. It’s not the newest or fastest processor from Qualcomm (it was actually announced in September 2020), but it still offers decent performance and reduces final price.

The old processor is not the only thing that Xiaomi had to go to in order to reduce the price to 699 euros. The manufacturer has also ditched the cellular modem, leaving Wi-Fi as the only connection option available to potential buyers. Hence, Xiaomi Book S falls out of the Always Connected PC device category.

On the other hand, for 699 euros, buyers get a tablet and keyboard, so there is no need to spend more money on additional accessories, unless you need the Xiaomi Smart Pen, which is sold separately.

  Xiaomi Book S
display 12.4 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels, 500 nits, 100% DCI-P3, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
CPU 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2
storage 256 GB SSD
Battery 38W with 65W charger Up to 13.5 hours of video playback
Ports 1x USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, microSD card reader
Connection WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1

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

Operating system Windows 11

Would you consider a Windows hybrid tablet with the latest generation ARM processor at a lower price? Share your opinion about Xiaomi Book S in the comments.

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