Xiaomi Air 12 M3-7Y30 Laptop   £355 @ Gearbest using coupon
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Xiaomi Air 12 M3-7Y30 Laptop £355 @ Gearbest using coupon

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Edited by:"winchman"Found 22nd Sep
Use code NEWMIAIR12

Supposedly if you log in to your microsoft account and download windows with the media tool, you can swap the Chinese version to English, not tried it.
arstechnica.com/gad…ew/
Otherwise you'll need to buy a copy of windows off ebay for £10.


Microsoft Windows 10 Home Chinese Version
Windows 10 brings


back the popular Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features,


like the Edge Web browser that lets you mark up Web pages on your screen
7th Generation Intel Core m3-7Y30 Processor Dual Core 1.0GHz, up to 2.6GHz
Ultra-low-voltage


platform and dual-core processing provide maximum high-efficiency power


to go. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when


you need it
12.5 inch FHD IPS Screen with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
Offering


good experience for watching videos and browsing the Web. The 1920 x


1080 resolution screen boasts impressive high-quality images
4GB DDR3 RAM for Advanced Multitasking
Substantial


high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games, photos and video-editing


applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once
128GB SSD Storage Capacity
Provides room to store pictures, videos, music and more
Camera for Photos and Face-to-face Chat
1.0MP front camera lets you capture memorable moments or chats with friends
Dual Band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz WiFi
802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless Internet, allows you to connect to the Web while within range of an available wireless network
Bluetooth 4.1 Interface Syncs with Compatible Devices

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£355, gearbest and no warranty. not a good combination
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Looks like a 50 inch screen.

these lesser known chinese makes are the way to go !!

does anybody know whee can I buy the LTE 4G version of it?

Not looking for a laptop atm and I'd be wary of ordering something for £355 with no real usable warranty but that's a sensational price

£355, gearbest and no warranty. not a good combination

Brilliant price, wish I'd held off a bit on my ezbook pro 3 now

You can change win10 Chinese into the English version click. The only thing that puts me off this laptop is the glossy screen, other than that it ticks all the right boxes.
Edited by: "RiverDragon8" 22nd Sep

I've got the 13.3" version of this, it's great. Boots up in less than 10 seconds. Bought a key off the net for Windows 10 professional for about £15, simple to install it.

Warranty would be trouble otherwise hot

Still waiting for my last 3 orders from last month to be delivered from Gearbest. Their support ticket page is broken so can't even ask where my items are.

Is there any way to completely filter Gearbest trash from my view?

Customs duty?

The_IMF17 m ago

Still waiting for my last 3 orders from last month to be delivered from …Still waiting for my last 3 orders from last month to be delivered from Gearbest. Their support ticket page is broken so can't even ask where my items are.Is there any way to completely filter Gearbest trash from my view?


I'm also waiting for 3. 1 is overdue. The other 2 are still under the time limit but would usually have arrived by now. Usually get stuff within 10 days max.
Yodel haven't received it yet, so it looks like maybe there is a backlog of shipment being held up.
Edited by: "rapid111111" 22nd Sep

I'd also be worried about buying a laptop from HK due to potential import taxes --- I can't see an EU warehouse shipping option

rapid1111111 h, 56 m ago

I'm also waiting for 3. 1 is overdue. The other 2 are still under the time …I'm also waiting for 3. 1 is overdue. The other 2 are still under the time limit but would usually have arrived by now. Usually get stuff within 10 days max. Yodel haven't received it yet, so it looks like maybe there is a backlog of shipment being held up.




Were they marked as shipped a while back? I've been waiting over 3 weeks for an EZBook 3 Pro which was allegedly shipped at the start of the month...do you think Gearbest may be a bit liberal with their shipping dates? I don't remember being given any options around shipping method either which is a bit weird.

Equally, my Onda Xiaoma 21 came in 10 days. All using budget shipping. Wasn't offered tracking this time - UK Express only.
Edited by: "SClub" 22nd Sep

4G is min memory for Windows 10, so spec exaggerates basic level

SClub1 h, 15 m ago

Were they marked as shipped a while back? I've been waiting over 3 weeks …Were they marked as shipped a while back? I've been waiting over 3 weeks for an EZBook 3 Pro which was allegedly shipped at the start of the month...do you think Gearbest may be a bit liberal with their shipping dates? I don't remember being given any options around shipping method either which is a bit weird.Equally, my Onda Xiaoma 21 came in 10 days. All using budget shipping. Wasn't offered tracking this time - UK Express only.


Yep. 3 weeks ago.
Marked as shipped.
The cut off time is 30 days. Then you're allowed to start complaining.
Mine were sent British Priority which usually means 7-12 days and tracking by yodel once they arrived on her country.
All orders until now have kept to those days.

rapid11111117 m ago

Yep. 3 weeks ago.Marked as shipped.The cut off time is 30 days. Then …Yep. 3 weeks ago.Marked as shipped.The cut off time is 30 days. Then you're allowed to start complaining. Mine were sent British Priority which usually means 7-12 days and tracking by yodel once they arrived on her country. All orders until now have kept to those days.



Thank you, sounds like we (or the parcels!) are in the same boat then! Makes me feel better

goodfera1 h, 3 m ago

4G is min memory for Windows 10, so spec exaggerates basic level


Not really, 1GB is the minimum.

SClub10 m ago

Thank you, sounds like we (or the parcels!) are in the same boat then! …Thank you, sounds like we (or the parcels!) are in the same boat then! Makes me feel better



Ordered from Ali Express several times and never had an issue. Tracking is on point, can contact shop easily etc. Gearbest is a shambles.

The_IMF4 h, 44 m ago

Ordered from Ali Express several times and never had an issue. Tracking is …Ordered from Ali Express several times and never had an issue. Tracking is on point, can contact shop easily etc. Gearbest is a shambles.


I too ordered on the 30th Aug. I needed it for a holiday so it was time sensitive. The last contact I had with support they told me it got held up in customs, maybe they're talking rubbish but if true could also be the case with yours.

Zak_K2 h, 8 m ago

I too ordered on the 30th Aug. I needed it for a holiday so it was time …I too ordered on the 30th Aug. I needed it for a holiday so it was time sensitive. The last contact I had with support they told me it got held up in customs, maybe they're talking rubbish but if true could also be the case with yours.


Is it easy after customs and hoe do they know...what if you never get the product as some from eBay and even

Banned

What’s the build quality like on the Xiaomis?

Zak_K3 h, 45 m ago

I too ordered on the 30th Aug. I needed it for a holiday so it was time …I too ordered on the 30th Aug. I needed it for a holiday so it was time sensitive. The last contact I had with support they told me it got held up in customs, maybe they're talking rubbish but if true could also be the case with yours.




Ordered an SSD from AliExpress on the 8th September with full tracking (free postage). Left the depot in HK on 13/9, was in the UK by the 14/9 and has taken 8 days to get through customs and to my local mail centre.

Can't understand why the Gearbest items are taking longer unless they haven't really been dispatched, or they are on a boat...the checkout option was definitely different when I purchased this time - there was only one postage option. Hmm.

Tempted by the Air 12 though lol

SClub1 h, 42 m ago

Ordered an SSD from AliExpress on the 8th September with full tracking …Ordered an SSD from AliExpress on the 8th September with full tracking (free postage). Left the depot in HK on 13/9, was in the UK by the 14/9 and has taken 8 days to get through customs and to my local mail centre.Can't understand why the Gearbest items are taking longer unless they haven't really been dispatched, or they are on a boat...the checkout option was definitely different when I purchased this time - there was only one postage option. Hmm.Tempted by the Air 12 though lol

To be fair to chinese retailers gearstick bang good etc I have ordered load over the years. With electronics often you order that gets but into a bulk order factory sometimes with demand they are selling as fast as can make other they list won't even dispatch for a week. But normally can see its ready to be picked up in a few days bus it to airport where it gets checked and loaded into a plane within couple of days it then normally shows in tracking that its arrived in UK.... Goes quiet if can see where it is often mine are held in some customs yard near Heathrow..... Just sits swear the UK wants to make this slow sometimes 2:weeks then seems to get waved through. If have several gadgets bits of cheap junk seems like often all held the same amount of time. Feels like it's just almost all delays here. Pay for fast airmail service goes though quickly but they assume everything high value and check then it's faster to you but bet a customs bill.

So to me feels like we blame the Chinese but it's really British customs making it slow once they dispatch. Chinese sometimes guilty of taking orders before having enough stock.

why is the price way cheaper than china? I do not get it.

It is 3599 CNY in china on taobao, (equal to ebay here)

exchange rate 8.9, work out £404.
Edited by: "huangxq2" 23rd Sep

you will probably be charged another £80 FOR Customs import handling and tax so £435

UberPark9 m ago

you will probably be charged another £80 FOR Customs import handling and …you will probably be charged another £80 FOR Customs import handling and tax so £435


No you won't.

Cold - a lot of money & terrible Gearbest

UberPark54 m ago

you will probably be charged another £80 FOR Customs import handling and …you will probably be charged another £80 FOR Customs import handling and tax so £435



There is that risk, but in 10 years of ordering direct from China, I have only had customs duty on a few parcels, and never on one sent using the "China Mail" or "Free" option that ends up being delivered by Royal Mail.

As suggested above, GearBest have probably been selling stock they didnt have and had to wait to get hold of it; one thing I have caught a number of less reputable Chinese sellers doing is issuing a FAKE tracking number to make it look like the product has shipped, then changing it for the real number a week or two (or three, or four !!), later, when they finally actually ship it.

That "8 days to get through UK customs" report is odd; the longest delay I have had is 4 days around a Bank Holiday a few years ago, the usual is a maximum of 2 days from landing to delivery to the local PO sorting office.

drsaurabhg21 h, 19 m ago

does anybody know whee can I buy the LTE 4G version of it?

I think that is a waste of time because it is hardcoded to a Chinese network.

cdennis199021 h, 28 m ago

these lesser known chinese makes are the way to go !!


5th biggest phone seller in the world. Id say there hardware is exalant

You can buy the Chuwi Hi13 for this price which is a far better deal for most people.

+ 13.5" 3000 x 2000 IPS screen, one of the best screens anywhere (same as in latest Surface)
+ touch & stylus capability, detachable keyboard option

- CPU is half the performance of this, but this isn't too significant if not using on intensive applications
- onboard storage is half and slower (64GB ROM), speed difference will sometimes be noticeable but not terrible. Storage can be expanded using SD card so again mostly an issue of performance which may not be noticed in everyday tasks


Prices always fluctuate on Gearbest, but pricing up right now also shipped from HK/China it is 325.96:
Tablet £247.12 - gearbest.com/tab…tml
Keyboard £55.74 - gearbest.com/tab…tml
Stylus £23.10 - gearbest.com/tab…tml

Great price but there's no way I'd spend that kind of money and have no warranty

goodfera13 h, 49 m ago

4G is min memory for Windows 10, so spec exaggerates basic level


Not according to Microsoft.

Uns11 m ago

Great price but there's no way I'd spend that kind of money and have no …Great price but there's no way I'd spend that kind of money and have no warranty


Same, no real warranty and no support on shipping. A little too risky for me.
Edited by: "Nevasleep" 23rd Sep

The_IMF13 h, 2 m ago

Ordered from Ali Express several times and never had an issue. Tracking is …Ordered from Ali Express several times and never had an issue. Tracking is on point, can contact shop easily etc. Gearbest is a shambles.


I've ordered 5 phones from Aliexpress, and 2 had not been delivered after 60 days. Got refunds, but still..

Quote from Gearbest's own description (which is word for word (including misspelling), the same as the AE seller blurb.

"Warm Prompt: Xiaomi Air 12 has Chinese OS versions for option (Windows 10 Home Chinese Version, Not Activated Windows 10 Home English Version). If you purchase Xiaomi Air 12 pre-installed with Windows 10 Home Chinese version, you should pay attention on when you change the language, some things will still be shown in Chinese. This will certainly not compromise usage or downloaded applications. The following picture shows the result of Chinese Version:"

(For "Warm Prompt", read "Warning Prompt").

So buyer beware.

There is also a warning that China Mail wont ship them, so they have to go FEDEX or DHL, which WILL mean customs and VAT charge.

Not sure what deal Gearbest have, but FEDEX/DHL means 100% chance of cutoms duty AND VAT on top (plus the carriers admin charge of around £10 +vat).

One other warning, my experiences of the Chinese version of other Micro$haft Windows is that it is heavily restricted and localised to China; China is the only location and only time zone that can be set in XP and Win7 versions, and I dont see any reason why M$ wouldnt do the same with Win8 & 10.

Chinese language added to standard versions of the OS didnt have this restriction, so it is a special version and not just a case of Chinese used as the install language.

(I have a Chinese wife).

If I was working and had an income right now, I would buy one and see if I could get Win7 running on it, as I suspect the OS version installed will have Chinese government spyware as well as M$ spyware slurping all your data.

US keyboard.

faxmax2 h, 10 m ago

You can buy the Chuwi Hi13 for this price which is a far better deal for …You can buy the Chuwi Hi13 for this price which is a far better deal for most people.+ 13.5" 3000 x 2000 IPS screen, one of the best screens anywhere (same as in latest Surface)+ touch & stylus capability, detachable keyboard option- CPU is half the performance of this, but this isn't too significant if not using on intensive applications- onboard storage is half and slower (64GB ROM), speed difference will sometimes be noticeable but not terrible. Storage can be expanded using SD card so again mostly an issue of performance which may not be noticed in everyday tasksPrices always fluctuate on Gearbest, but pricing up right now also shipped from HK/China it is 325.96:Tablet £247.12 - https://www.gearbest.com/tablet-pcs/pp_557447.htmlKeyboard £55.74 - https://www.gearbest.com/tablet-accessories/pp_619261.htmlStylus £23.10 - https://www.gearbest.com/tablet-accessories/pp_620865.html


I wouldn't buy a Chuwi again after the poor support seen for the Hi/Vi 10 plus models. They shipped devices with some major issues and did nothing to fix them. It took a clever individual to make them usable!

The screen does look nice though!
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