Xiaomi subsidiary Redmi yesterday updated its range of laptops and introduced new models. New are the RedmiBook 14 II, which replaces the previous RedmiBook 14 line-up, and the larger RedmiBook 16. The small RedmiBook 13 devices have also been updated. It is interesting that one has finally said goodbye to Intel after there were already a couple of RedmiBooks with AMD processors. The entire line-up has now been converted to AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series notebook processors. These are based on the Zen 2 architecture and are manufactured with 7nm. In terms of economy and the ratio between performance and cost, the AMD chips are now superior to the competition from Intel. For fans of Redmi notebooks, this should be good news. However, the news is less good for users of macOS. The Xiaomi and Redmi laptops have enjoyed great popularity in the Hackintosh scene. These times are now over. A Hackintosh laptop based on AMD is unfortunately currently impossible.
Let us first take care of the new model in the RedmiBook line-up. The RedmiBook 16 is the largest notebook from the Redmi line-up to date. As the name suggests, there is a much larger display with a 16-inch diagonal. At the same time, the edges of the screen have been reduced so that the increase in the overall size of the laptop is not too large. The resolution remains unchanged at 1920 x 1080 pixels. An IPS LCD panel with a 100% coverage of the sRGB color space is installed. The case design roughly corresponds to what you already know from its predecessors. The RedmiBook 16 is clearly based on a MacBook. The keyboard looks similar too, but still comes without lighting. At this point, the RedmiBooks have always differed from the Xiaomi mother notebooks.
The RedmiBook 16’s equipment is impressive. Two USB-C ports are installed, which can now be used to charge the laptop. A 65W power supply is used for this. There are also connections for HDMI 1.4, two USB Type-A ports (one with USB 3.1) and a 3.5mm connection. Dual-band AC-WLAN and Bluetooth are of course also available on the Internet. Customers can choose a processor from a Ryzen 5 4500U and a Ryzen 7 4700U. In addition, there is a 512GB SATA SSD and optionally 8 or 16GB RAM which will probably be soldered again.
RedmiBook 13 2020 upgrade
Last but not least, the RedmiBook 13 only has a “Specs Upgrade”. Design and display remain completely unchanged here. Instead, there is simply an upgrade to the new AMD Ryzen processors. Here too, the same processors are used as in the larger models and there are almost no differences in the storage options. And yes, the prices of the Redmi 13 2020 are identical to those of the RedmiBook 14 II or RedmiBook 16. Well, almost. The Ryzen 7 model is equipped with a 1TB PCIe SSD, but it also costs more than the Ryzen 7 models of the other notebooks. Here you have to put 4999 yuan / 637 € on the table.