Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15 Review: High End Laptop With Premium OLED Screen

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Xiaomi mobile phones were launched amidst public doubts and surprises. In an environment where the price of dual-core phones was generally higher than 4,000 yuan at that time, the price of Xiaomi phones with the same configuration was only 1,999 yuan, which aroused countless people’s surprise. Simultaneously, as a newcomer, quite a few consumers are sceptical about the quality and after-sales service of Xiaomi mobile phones. Now 9 years later, Xiaomi mobile phones’ annual sales have exceeded 100 million, and those doubts that year have long ceased to exist. Similarly, although OLED screens have amazing display effects, the current price of notebook computers equipped with this screen is almost all over 10,000, which seems to be out of reach for ordinary consumers. On the evening of March 30, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED was officially released. This is the only notebook with a 3.5K OLED screen at the price of $899 so far!

The Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED uses the latest E4 material OLED screen from Samsung! First look at a set of parameters: 10bit colour depth panel, 1000000:1 contrast ratio, 3.5K (3456×2160 pixels, 16:10 display ratio) super retina, DCI-P3 wide colour gamut and 100% sRGB double high colour gamut, Rhineland TüV hardware low blue light certification, Eye Care Display certification and VESA HDR 500 (TRUE BLACK) certification, etc. Both the quality and the experience of this screen can be described as stunning!

In order to meet the needs of more and more designers, the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED has undergone colour correction before leaving the factory, with an average Delta-E value of <1. This screen has reached the standard of a professional graphics display.

Equipped with such an excellent screen and the starting price of a notebook is only 6,499 yuan, I am afraid that only Xiaomi can do it.

The screen can be the biggest highlight of the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED, but it is definitely not the only highlight! Listed below for everyone:

1. Brand new mould and manufacturing process

After the birth of Mi Notebook Pro in 2017, the appearance has not changed. The newly listed Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED finally ushered in the biggest update since the family’s birth, abandoning the “ancestral mould” and switching to a more exquisite artistry CNC. One-piece carved craftsmanship; the fuselage is made of 6-series aviation-grade aluminium alloy with 170# ceramic sandblasting craft, which is also the manufacturing crafts used on the MacBook.

2. Equipped with 35W full blood H35 standard pressure processor

The new generation of Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED uses Intel’s 11th generation Core H35 processor, which is currently the most powerful single-core mobile processor. The single-core performance is about 30% stronger than the 15W i7-10510U. , Multi-core is about 50% stronger.

3. Full blood MX450 discrete graphics card with independent display and direct connection

I’ve only seen it in some high-performance gaming notebooks in the past, but I didn’t expect it to be used in thin and light notebooks. The Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED has a built-in full-blood version of the MX450 2GB discrete graphics card, which uses PCIe 4.0 x4 channels to connect to the H35 processor directly.

According to Xiaomi, the game performance can be further improved by 5% after using the independent display direct connection.

4. A new generation of Thunderbolt 4 interface

The Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED is equipped with a full-featured Thunderbolt 4 interface with a transmission rate of 40Gbps. It can support dual 4Kor single 8K video output and supports up to five screens simultaneously.

Below are the detailed configuration parameters of the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED we reviewed!

Design & Appearance

The Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED body comprises a whole piece of 6-series aviation-grade aluminium alloy through CNC integrated precision carving process. The surface is also made of 170# ceramic sandblasting process, which has a fine and uniform feel and a more metallic lustre.

The D surface is also integrally formed, and the edges and corners are smoothed. There is a certification sticker in the middle, and there are two rows of heat dissipation grids on it.

There is a full-featured Type-C interface on the left side of the fuselage, which can support 100W charging and file transfer, and there is also a 3.5mm headset-in-one interface next to it. There is a full-featured Type-C Thunderbolt 4 interface on the right side of the fuselage, which can be charged, supports dual 4Kor single 8K video output, and has a bandwidth of 40Gbps. The other is a Type-C USB interface.

The B side adopts a 4-sided narrow frame design, the left and right frames are 3.6mm wide, and the screen-to-body ratio is as high as 93%. It is full of screens at a glance. The screen uses an OLED display from Samsung, with a resolution of 3456*2160, a 10bit colour depth, a contrast ratio of 1000000:1, a 100% sRGB colour gamut and a 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut, and it has also passed the TüV Rheinland Hardware low blue light certification and Display HDR 500 True Black certification, the peak brightness of the screen is 600nit.

In terms of quality, this is the best screen in the history of Xiaomi notebooks.

Full-size keyboard with integrated moulding design, user-friendly layout, 19.5mm key pitch standard, 1.5mm comfortable rebound high keystroke.

Besides, to provide a very comfortable input experience, each keycap is designed as a hyperboloid with a 0.3mm concave key belly curve, which can fit the fingers very comfortably, allowing long-term typing to remain accurate and comfortable. The power button in the upper right corner. Large area touchpad.

The 100W PD charger supports 5V3A, 9V3A, 12V3A, 15V3A, 20V5A output standards; the maximum output power can reach 100W and supports 100-240V wide voltage input. In addition to charging laptops, this charging head can also provide fast charging for mobile phones. The charging power of 15V3A is far stronger than most current mobile phone chargers. If your phone supports 40W fast charging, you can use this directly. You don’t need to spend more than 100 yuan to buy an extra fast charging head for your phone, especially when you go out; you don’t need to bring two charging heads. The included 1 drag 2 docking station.

3. Theoretical performance test
1. CPU-Z

The single-core score of the i7-11370H is 578, which is basically on the same level as the desktop mainstream flagship i9-10900K, and the multi-thread score is 2734, which is equivalent to the i5-10510U.

2. wPrime

In the wPrime 32M single-threaded performance test, the i7-11370H took 28.2 seconds; the multi-threaded wPrime 1024M took 201 seconds.

3. CineBench R15

In the CineBench R15 test, the i7-11370H has a single-thread score of 216cb and a multi-threaded score of 997cb.

4. CineBench R20

The single thread score of i7-11370H is 569cb, far higher than i7-10510U and even better than the desktop version i9-10900K.

5. FritzChess Benchmark

In the chess test, i7-11370H achieved a performance multiplier of 32.5 at 15,619 thousand steps per second.

We compared the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED processor with the i7-10510U of the Mi Notebook Pro 15 and the i7-1185G7 of the MSI Prestige 14.

Compared with the i7-10510U used in the previous generation product, the single-core performance of the i7-11370H has a 24% lead, and the multi-core performance can lead by as much as 55%.

However, compared with the i7-1185G7 of MSI Prestige 14, the single-core and multi-core performance of i7-11370H is basically the same.

Screen, disk and memory performance test

The OLED screen on the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED has 15.6 inches and a physical resolution of 3456 × 2160. It is a quasi 4K screen with a response time of only 1ms. Let’s take a look at the actual performance of this screen!

1. Color gamut

100% sRGB colour gamut, 89% Adobe RGB colour gamut, 99% P3 colour gamut and 87% NTSC colour gamut.

2. Brightness and contrast

The maximum brightness of this screen is 367nit, and at 100% brightness, the static contrast ratio can reach 27800:1.

Also, the white point colour temperature is very accurate, between 6500K and 6600K.

3. Color accuracy

The screen of the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED has undergone colour correction before leaving the factory. The measured average Delta-E value is 0.86, which is considered an excellent performance and can be used as a professional display. The highest Delta-E value is 2.38, and the lowest is 0.32.

4. Disk performance test

The Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED uses a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD from KIOXIA; the model is KBG40ZNV512G. In AS SSD Benchmark, this 512GB SSD’s total score is 3069, sequential read and write exceed 1800MB/s, 800MB/s, 4K random read 50MB/s, random write 130MB/s.

In the CrystalDiskMark test, the sequential read and write speeds reached 2374MB/s and 1545MB/s, respectively.

5. Memory performance test

Using AIDA64 for memory cache test, the measured read, write, and copy bandwidths were 44784MB/s, 43713MB/s, 37137MB/s, and the latency was 72.1ns.

Game performance test

1. 3DMark

The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED is equipped with a 28W TDP full blood version of MX450. In the 3DMark Fire Strike test, the graphics score is 1764, the maximum operating frequency is 1860MHz, and the maximum temperature is 64 degrees.

2. Final Fantasy 14

In the Final Fantasy 15 Benchmark test, the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED scored 2689, which is about 40% higher than the MX250.

3. Assassin’s Creed: Origins

The frame rate of Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED in “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” is 47FPS.

4. World of Tanks

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED in “World of Tanks” is 18526, which is 112FPS when converted into frame rate.

5. The Witcher 3

The frame rate of the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED in “The Witcher 3” is 58FPS.

6. Far Cry 5

The Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED’s measured frame rate in “Far Cry 5” is 39FPS.

It can be seen that the gaming performance of the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED is about 45% stronger than that of the Mi Notebook Pro and 50% stronger than the Ryzen 7 4800H Vega 8 core display.

Temperature and endurance test
1. CPU baking machine test

Use AIDA64 FPU for the baking machine test, the room temperature is 26 degrees during the test, and the test is carried out in high-energy mode.

Using the AIDA64 FPU program for a 10-minute baking machine test, the power consumption of the i7-11370H processor is stable at about 33W. The processor’s temperature during the baking machine is about 90 degrees, and the full core frequency is 3.2GHz.

2. GPU baking machine test

The Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED has a built-in GeForce MX450 discrete graphics card, with a standard 28W TDP. We use the FurMark baking machine for 18 minutes, and we can see that the GPU occupancy rate has been maintained at 100%, and the core frequency is also 1485MHz. From the performance here, we can also see that it is full of blood MX450. The GPU temperature is only 58 degrees during the baking machine.

3. Double bake test

Use FurMark to load the CPU and GPU at the same time fully. After a one-hour double-bake test, the power consumption of the i7-11370H is still 28W, and the temperature is 84 degrees; the GeForce MX450 still maintains the state of the single-bake and the GPU is occupied. The rate is 100%, the frequency is 1470MHz, and the core temperature is 69 degrees.

We can also see that the heat dissipation capacity of the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED is about 60W.

Endurance test

The Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED has a built-in high-capacity lithium battery with a capacity of 66Wh. We use PCMark 10 actually to test the battery life of the notebook.

The selected scene for the test is a modern office with PCMark 10, the power mode is “energy-saving mode”, all other processes are closed during the test, the network connection is closed, and the screen brightness is adjusted to 50%.

In the PCMark 10 modern office scenario, the battery life test score is 6 hours and 39 minutes. Compared with today’s thin and light notebooks, this score is not very outstanding, but it is enough to support the needs of a day of mobile office battery life.

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Verdict

All along, many Windows notebook manufacturers on the market are trying hard to challenge Apple’s MacBook. As one of the challengers, the new generation of Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED is close to or even surpassing the latest MacBook in terms of screen experience.

The H35 processor + full-blooded direct connection to the MX450 graphics card has basically touched the ceiling of thin and light performance in terms of performance. The i7-11370H processor on the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED can guarantee a full output of 35W even during the long-term baking process. It has been tested that its multi-core performance is nearly 50% stronger than that of its predecessor i7-10510U. You must know that it is only a thin and light notebook.

In terms of heat dissipation efficiency, the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED can also be regarded as the leader in thin and light notebooks. The 35W H35 +28W MX450 is unique, with a total power consumption of 60W. The Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED equipped with dual fans and dual heat pipes can maintain full blood when the CPU and GPU are fully loaded at the same time for dual baking. Surprisingly.

At present, the thin and light with 60W heat dissipation capacity on the market can be described as rare, and the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED is one of them.

As the first product to revive Xiaomi’s notebook business, the Mi Notebook Pro 15 OLED reflects the good intentions of Xiaomi designers in both design and artistry. Let’s see if consumers can finally recognize it!

Update on Aug.31, 2021

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