Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: How Do They Compare?

With the launch of Mi Notebook Pro and Ultra, Xiaomi has warmed up the premium laptop market in India. Realme had just launched the Realme Book Slim a week ago, and with Xiaomi’s launch, things seem to be super exciting for consumers. Both the laptops bring premium materials and high-end internals at the sub-Rs. 60,000 price bracket. So in this article, we compare the Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim to find out which one outdoes the other. So without any wait, let’s pit the Mi Notebook Pro against the Realme Book Slim to find out which one you should buy.

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: An In-depth Comparison (2021)

We have compared the Mi Notebook Pro against the Realme Book Slim in complete detail. We have discussed the design and build quality, display, processor, and much more. You can expand the table below to move to a relevant section with ease.

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: Specifications

Before we discuss all of the specifications in detail, let’s first take a quick look at the key specifications of both laptops:

 Mi Notebook Pro (i5)Realme Book Slim (i5)
Dimensions315.6 x 220.4 x 17.3 mm307.21 x 228.96 x 14.9 mm
Weight1.46kg1.38kg
Display14-inch 2.5K Display
2560 x 1600 Resolution
60Hz Refresh Rate
300 Nits of Brightness
16:10 Aspect Ratio
88% screen-to-body ratio
100% sRGB Wide Colour Gamut
14.9-inch 2K Display
2160 x 1440 Resolution
60Hz Refresh Rate
400 Nits of Brightness
3:2 Aspect Ratio
90% screen-to-body ratio
100% sRGB Wide Colour Gamut
Processor11th-gen Intel i5-11300H (H35 Series)
10nm Process
4 Cores, 8 Threads
Clocked at 2.6GHz
Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
35W TDP
11th-gen Intel i5-1135G7
10nm Process
4 Cores, 8 Threads
Clocked at 2.4GHz
Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
25W TDP
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe GraphicsIntel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM8GB/16GB DDR4 3200MHZ
Dual channel memory
8GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz
Dual channel memory
Storage512GB PCIe NVMe SSD256GB/512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
Read/Write Speed: 3100MB/s and 1800MB/s
Ports and I/O1 x Type-C
1 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1
1 x Type-A USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x Combo Audio Jack
1 x Type-C 3.2 Gen 2
1 x Thunderbolt 4
1 x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
Wireless ConnectivityWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
Battery56Wh Battery
Claimed "11 -hour all day battery"
54Wh Battery
Claimed "11-hour local video playback"
Backlit KeyboardYes, 3-levelYes, 3-level
Charging Speed65W Power Adapter
50% charge in 34 mins
65W PD Charger
50% charge in 30 mins
Compatible with 30W Dart Charge
Fingerprint SensorYes, Supports Windows HelloYes, Supports Windows Hello
Webcam720p (HD)720p (HD)
Audio1 x Microphone
2 X 2W Stereo Speakers
Support for DTS audio processing app
3.5mm Combo Jack
2 x Microphone
2 x HARMAN Speaker
Vocplus AI Noise Cancellation Algorithm
Stereo Surround Sound By DTS
3.5mm Combo Jack
ColorsGreyReal Gray, Real Blue
PriceRs. 56,999 for 8GB+512GB
Rs. 59,999 for 16GB+512GB
Rs. 56,999 for 8GB+512GB (Introductory)
Rs. 59,999 for 8GB+512GB

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: Design and Build

Beginning with the design, it seems both are going for the MacBook look, especially the Mi Notebook Pro. The Mi Notebook Pro is made of 6-series aviation-grade aluminum alloy with a sandblasted texture on top to give you a smooth feeling across the chassis. On the other hand, Realme mentions that it uses a high-quality aluminum unibody design to give Realme Book a sleek and stylish look.

On paper, both Mi Notebook Pro and Realme Book Slim look promising, but we will have to wait for an in-hand experience to see which one is more premium in terms of design and build quality.

mi notebook pro

Coming to the dimensions, the Mi Notebook Pro has a thickness of 17.3mm, whereas the Realme Book Slim justifies its name with an even lower thickness — 14.9mm (by the way, the MacBook Air M1’s thickness is 15.24mm). So yeah, in terms of slim design, the Realme Book Slim outruns the Mi Notebook Pro as well as the MacBook Air M1. Talking about the weight, the Mi Notebook Pro weighs around 1.46kg, and the Realme Book Slim manages to reduce the weight to 1.38kg. It’s a marginal difference, but yes, the Realme Book Slim is lighter than the Mi Notebook Pro.

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: Display

Things get pretty interesting on the display front. Both laptops are vying for the top spot as far as high-res panel and color accuracy are concerned. The Mi Notebook Pro features a 14-inch 2.5K display with a 16:10 aspect ratio, resolution of 2560 x 1600-pixels, and a refresh rate of 60Hz.

On the other hand, the Realme Book Slim has a 14-inch 2K screen with a 2160 x 1440-pixels resolution. It’s also a 60Hz panel, but Realme Book Slim comes in the modern 3:2 aspect ratio, whereas the Mi Notebook Pro is stuck to the traditional 16:10 form factor.

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: How Do They Compare?
Realme Book Slim

In terms of peak brightness, the Mi Notebook Pro can go up to 300 nits as opposed to Realme Book Slim’s 400 nits. So if you want a laptop for mostly outdoor use, then Realme Book Slim seems to have a slight upper hand over the Mi Notebook Pro. The best part about both the laptops is that they have small bezels around the screen, resulting in a near 90% screen-to-body ratio for Realme Book Slim and 88% for the Mi Notebook Pro.

Finally, both the laptops offer you rich and all-encompassing colors as they cover 100% of the sRGB wide color gamut. So you can’t go wrong with either if you want a vibrant and color-accurate display.

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: Processor

The choice of processors on both these laptops is interesting. The Mi Notebook Pro goes with the new H35-series Intel processor built on the 10nm process node. It features the 11-gen Intel i5-11300H processor that has 4 cores and 8 threads. The processor has a base clock speed of 2.6GHz and can go up to 4.4GHz. The TDP is also higher and can draw up to 35W power. Overall, it looks like you have a decently powerful processor on the Mi Notebook Pro.

h35 series
Intel H35 Series (11th-gen Intel i5-11300H processor)

Coming to the Realme Book Slim, it features the 11th-gen Intel i5-1135G7 processor. It is built on the same 10nm process and has 4 cores and 8 threads. But its base clock is set slightly lower at 2.4GHz and turbo boost can drive the CPU frequency up to 4.2GHz. On the TDP side, it can draw up to 25W power in comparison to Mi Notebook Pro’s 35W.

If you strictly judge both the processors on paper, it looks like the Mi Notebook Pro has a better processor than the one on Realme Book Slim. However, in benchmark results, the difference is a marginal difference of 5% to 6%. Sure, the single-core performance on the Intel i5-11300H is a bit higher, but again, you lose on the battery efficiency front as it draws more power.

Overall, I would say the processors on both these laptops are pretty capable and almost similar. If you are someone who swears by high performance, I would recommend the Mi Notebook Pro over the Realme Book Slim. But if you want good performance and battery efficiency is also an important factor for you, Realme Book Slim is a good choice.

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: Ports and Wireless Connectivity

On the connectivity front, both the laptops are at their level best. The Mi Notebook Pro features Wi-Fi 6 with dual-band support, so you are future-proof on this front. It also features Bluetooth 5.1 for better connectivity and instant pairing. Along the same lines, Realme Book Slim brings Wi-Fi 6 and improved Bluetooth 5.2 tech. On the wireless connectivity side, I think both the laptops are pretty good.

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: How Do They Compare?
Mi Notebook Pro

Moving to I/O ports, the Mi Notebook Pro features all the necessary ports, including a Type-C, a Thunderbolt4 port, two USB-A ports, HDMI, and a headphone jack. Whereas the Realme Book Slim misses out on the HDMI port, which is a bummer, and there is only one USB-A port. You do have a USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 4 port onboard. But I think the Realme Book Slim disappoints in the ports department.

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: Battery Life

The Mi Notebook Pro and Realme Book Slim both claim 11 hours of battery life and have a similar 56Wh and 54Wh battery capacity, respectively. But these are official numbers, and you should take them with a pinch of salt.

Realme explains that its laptop can run for 11 hours while playing a 1080p video on the device with no Wi-Fi connection, brightness set to 150 nits (around 40%), and 50% volume. In another simulated office-work usage scenario, the laptop went on for 8.5 hours. So on the battery front, you can expect 7-8 hours of battery life with mixed usage on the Realme Book Slim.

realme book slim
Realme Book Slim

As for the Mi Notebook Pro, you may get a bit less battery backup as it comes with a more powerful H35-series processor. Talking about the charging speed, well, both the laptops come with a 65W Type-C power adapter. It can charge the laptops to 50% in about 30 minutes. The best part about Realme Book Slim’s charger is that it also supports the company’s proprietary Dart charging tech for Realme smartphones. That means it will offer a power output of up to 30W if you want to charge your phone.

Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim: Which One Would You Pick?

So that was our in-depth comparison between Mi Notebook Pro and Realme Book Slim. At Rs. 56,999, I think the Mi Notebook Pro is a better value than Realme Book Slim. It seems to have better build quality, a sharper display, a relatively better processor, lots of I/O ports, and more working in its favor. In fact, I would recommend you to go for the 16GB variant of Mi Notebook Pro at Rs. 59,999, which will cost the same as Realme Book Slim’s 8GB variant after the introductory pricing is lifted. So which one of the two laptops would you pick – the Mi Notebook Pro vs Realme Book Slim? Do let us know your pick in the comment section below.

10 Comments

  1. Please make a detailed comparison of these laptops.
    I’m really confused.
    As per information,
    Realme book performance is better than Mi Notebook because, Realme has a better cooling system where as Mi notebook goes thermal throttling and also reduce performance and decrease battery life both at same time.

    Realme book also has better battery life and higher peak brightness also 3:2 ratio.
    My only issue is about RAM, Realme book has only 8GB varient.
    But it’s LPDDR4x ram which is faster and effecient.
    Please tell me is it enough for normal and higher tasks.

    1. Are you sure it has better cooling cuz less thickness often means more over heating(We will only be able to tell after in hand review). Also if ur going for Mi I would recommend you to go for the 16GB variant. It’s dual channel so ddr4 3200 MHz is enough in the sense that it won’t bottleneck the performance of the laptop. Moreover Mi has more ports( No HDMI on Realme is a bummer).
      Even tho Realme sounds good on paper, I think Mi is a more practical and sensible choice!

  2. Please make an unboxing of both these laptops befor the sale and test the real life performance of both for us.
    Am really confused in this situation.
    I checked all available Realme book videos on performance and it’s quite better and also power efficient, but there’s no one who has Mi notebook pro with i5 11gen and just Iris XE graphic only..
    More over there a heating issue by Mi notebook pro, due to this thermal throttling is observed which also reduce performance and decrease battery life.
    But Realme’s has a best cooling and LPDDR4x ram which is faster and effecient.

    Please please make a detailed comparison video.

  3. What about the upgradability? Please compare about upgrading options of RAM, SSD, and Battery between these two. Please mention the empty slots you get for storage and maximum supported ram memory.
    Thanks

    1. No there’s only room for SSD and that’s only if you remove the original SSD, no extra slot on both of them.
      And also you can change Wifi card on both but there are Wifi 6 so no need to upgrade those for near future.

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