Xiaomi Notebook

Xiaomi Notebook Air Disassembly

July 27, Xiaomi held a press conference in Beijing, officially launched the Xiaomi Redmi Pro and Xiaomi Notebook Air.

There is no logo on the 13.3-inch Notebook Air. The all-metal body is made of aluminum alloy, weighs only of 1.28kg, the thickness only of 14.8mm.

The 13.3-inch Notebook Air equipped with an Intel Core i5-6200U processor, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 1GB DDR5 graphics card, 8GB DDR4 of RAM, 256GB SSD, 1920×1080 full HD resolution screen, AKG special custom dual speakers, it pre-installed Simplified Chinese version of Windows 10 family.

The 12.5-inch Notebook Air is also with a 1920×1080 full HD resolution screen, an Intel Core m3 processor, built-in 4GB memory and 128GB SSD, and the rest of the configuration is basically as same as the version of 13.3-inch Notebook Air.

Then, what’s the difference between the 12.5 inch and 13.3-inch version? Take a look at the teardown guide.

The 12.5-inch notebook Air weighs only of 1.07kg, body size is like a magazine, free to load ladies purses and men’s briefcases, more compact portable.

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The Xiaomi Notebook Air 12.5 is still no logo design, and can be personalized design the A surface by laser engraving technique according to the user’s own needs; at the same time, Xiaomi provides many different styles stickers for users.

Xiaomi Notebook Air 12.5 does not use the Intel Core I series processors, but the Intel Core M3 processor, and equipped with 4G memory and 128G SSD.

Xiaomi Notebook Air 12.5 comes with a 1080P full HD display and also uses the narrow frame design. Both bring excellent visual effects, but also reduce the body size.

The MI logo on the display bezel.

Xiaomi notebook Air 12.5 and 13.3 with the same keyboard layout, but the keycap just slightly smaller.


Xiaomi notebook Air 12.5 compared to 13.3 eliminates a USB 3.0 port, the laptop comes standard with an HDMI port, a headphone jack, a USB 3.0 port, and a USB 3.1 Type-C port.

Remove eight screws. You can remove the bottom cover.

The first thing we see is the Intel Core heat M3 processor that located in the center of the motherboard.

The next saw two SSD slots, and the left side is the 128G M.2 SSD port, the right side is the spare M.2 SSD port. The 12.5-inch laptop internal layout is more compact, more saving interior space.

Samsung 128GB M.2 SSD

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260D2W wireless card

Xiaomi notebook Air 12.5-inch comes with a 7.6V, 4866mAh, 37Wh Li-polymer battery.

This is the metal enclosure that covering the battery.

Xiaomi notebook Air 12.5-inch speaker module

When the battery and motherboard were removed, you can get access to the keyboard and touchpad.

Video cable

Bottom cover


  1. thanks for this good analysis. which allows a good feedback circuit to the processing of this notebooks. interested whether the blank keys expand individual and put to other let me again inserting. have you done an experience with it? many thanks for you work

  2. Hi!

    My trackpad on my Mibook is a bit loose, when i tap lightly it moves a bit and makes annoying sounds. Would this be easily fixable if I opened it up? Do you risk damaging other parts when accessing the touch pad, or should it be an easy task?

    Thanks in advance

    1. To access the touch pad, you need to remove the motherboard, there is a screw covering by fragile stickers if you damage it, you will avoid warranty

  3. – can you show how to remove the back after you removed the 7 screws (+ the one under the pad)? I have a lot of difficulties to unclip the plastic edges.
    – what is the free (second) ssd interface: M.2 pci-express 4x or not?
    – have you some bios or other step to do so the second ssd would be recognize?
    Thanks for your help

  4. Great analysis and tear down.

    Could you tell me the size of one single key on the keyboard? Is it 12×12 or 14×14 mm?

    Thanks in advance

  5. why do you guys never remove a damn key from the keyboard or write what kind of keys they are to get a set for other languages D:

  6. Can you show tear down of the screen itself. I think my ribbon cable is broken or has a slight issue. Screen itself gets power but no image. Generally the flex cable on other laptops.

  7. Wow, really good guide.
    Just 1 question, do you have the référence of thé keyboard, to see if its possible to adapt new one.

  8. Hi sir, can u make a video how to open top cover lcd panel xiaomi mi notebook, mine was damage, I’m planning to change the lcd part. Thanks before..

  9. Hello, I have a problem with my Mi air 12.5, specifically with the LCD cable port on the motherboard. I want to replace the whole motherboard since I figured I couldn’t just replace the port on the motherboard. But I can’t seem to find where to buy the parts. Please help me
    Kind regards

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