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Xiaomi thought to be preparing its first laptop computer

by Mark Tyson on 30 December 2014, 12:35

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Xiaomi forged ahead in the smartphone business to become one of the world's top five players by Q3 2014. The Chinese company has earned a name as a bit of a design copycat, however that hasn't stopped it recently becoming "the world's most valuable technology start-up," worth around $45 billion. Now it looks like the firm is interested in diversifying its business to produce PC laptops. This is an interesting move as the likes of Sony and Samsung are reducing their PC laptop business activity.

A series of photographs and a specification list has emerged of the Xiaomi laptop, thought to show a leaked advanced prototype or production sample. Gizmodo China even has a suggested price figure for us to ponder over.

Xiaomi laptop specs:

  • Screen: 15-inch 1080p display
  • Processor: Intel Haswell i7-4500u processor
  • Memory: 2 x 8GB dual channel memory
  • OS: Xiaomi custom Linux system

Unfortunately there are quite a few key specs missing from the above list. However we are given a pricing indication of 2999 Yuan, which is around US$480. We also get to see some details of the new laptop from the pictures such as; a couple of standard ports, the overall design aspects and the orange 'Mi' function button.

It is suggested that with the above specs and pricing Xiaomi could be as disruptive in the laptop PC industry as it has been in the smartphone arena. However, as none of this laptop information is official right now, it's purely an interesting piece of news which we must take with a pinch of salt, and wait and see.



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Jenny_Y8S
Already confirmed as a fake.
https://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-laptop-macbook-clone-fake-photos/
Shame. :( That price/spec looked pretty mouthwatering - suppose it's an example of the old cliche about if a deal looking too good to be true, then it probably is/was.
This is an interesting move as the likes of Sony and Samsung are reducing their PC laptop business activity.
Plus Lenovo and HP have been quoted as saying that the laptop market is “aggressively competitive”.
It is suggested that with the above specs and pricing Xiaomi could be as disruptive in the laptop PC industry as it has been in the smartphone arena.
Hmm, has Xiaomi been that disruptive? I mean I've seen vodcasts from the US saying that their products are “interesting” but difficult to get a hold of. Similarly, I've yet to see anyone (other than eBayers) pushing Xiaomi over here. So I'd (charitably) chalk them up as “China only, interesting, but not significant”.