September 28, 2020

144Hz gaming on a budget? Redmi gaming laptop has you covered

There's no AMD power here, but there's plenty here for gamers nonetheless.

Redmi G gaming laptop official

Credit: Xiaomi
  • Xiaomi has launched the first Redmi gaming laptop.
  • The Redmi G offers an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, GTX1650 series graphics, and a 144Hz screen.
  • The laptop starts at ~$763 in China, all the way up to ~$1,007.

Xiaomi’s Redmi brand has branched out into many tech segments, with laptops being one of the more recent entries for the budget-focused brand. Now, the company has decided to launch a gaming-focused laptop, dubbed the Redmi G.

The new laptop indeed sports a gaming-type aesthetic, featuring sharp edges and several large cooling vents, but it also packs a solid list of specs. For starters, you’re getting a 144Hz FHD screen with 100% sRGB coverage, up to a tenth generation Core i7-10750H CPU (no AMD silicon here), 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. You can also expect GTX1650 or GTX1650TI graphics.

Don’t expect the best endurance though, as Xiaomi says the 55-watt hour battery is only good for 5.5 hours of 1080p local video playback or up to six hours of web browsing. Then again, most people aren’t exactly buying a gaming laptop for excellent battery life.

Xiaomi Redmi G laptop official

Credit: Xiaomi

As for I/O, you can expect two USB 3.2 ports, one USB 2.0 port, a USB-C slot, mini-DisplayPort 1.4 slot, HDMI 2.0 output, Ethernet, and a 3.5mm port.

Other notable features include a 1MP webcam (why are computer brands like this?), DTS:X Ultra support, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1.

The Xiaomi Redmi G laptop is available in China and starts at 5,299 yuan (~$763) for the base model, which packs a Core i5-10200H CPU and GeForce GTX1650 GPU. Meanwhile, the mid-tier option sees a bump up to a Core i5-10300H CPU and GeForce GTX1650TI graphics for 6,299 yuan (~$907). Want the very best option with the Core i7 processor and GTX1650TI graphics? Then you’ll be spending 6,999 yuan (~$1007).

Here’s hoping we see this 144Hz-toting laptop come to wider markets, especially the base model. In the meantime, you can check out our roundup of the best laptops of 2020.

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