The laptop launch cycle this year has been greatly impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and while brands rushed to release products in the second half of the year, there have been product categories that saw far fewer releases than normal. The mainstream laptop category is one of those, where despite the spike in sales of laptops during lockdowns, there haven’t been too many model refreshes. What we did see was the entry of Xiaomi into the Indian laptop market. While a new player for our country, the company has been selling laptops in many international markets for years. With Xiaomi now coming into play, there was an expected shake-up of the mainstream segment in terms of both specs and pricing. Market situations aside, let’s see who won our coveted award.