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Xiaomi laptop to be based upon older gen processors to save $£$

by Mark Tyson on 14 December 2015, 11:01

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Just ahead of the weekend we saw some more information regarding the upcoming Xiaomi laptop which will be notable due to its great price to performance ratio. According to Chinese industry sources, quoted by Notebookcheck.net, Xiaomi will use older generation processors in its laptop to keep its price below the competition.

The sources say that the Xiaomi laptop will be available in several screen sizes from early 2016 onwards. Previously we have seen leaks suggesting that it will feature a 'premium' aluminium alloy build. Specifically the new information says that Inventec will be making a 12.5-inch model and a 13.3-inch model will be made by Compal.

The spec list detailing a 15.6-inch model was also leaked by the Chinese source, and is reproduced below:

  • Processor: Intel Haswell Core i7
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M with 2GB VRAM
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • Display: 15.6-inch, Full HD, 1920 x 1080 resolution display, LED backlight
  • Price: under 3000 Chinese Yuan (about £300, or $450)
  • OS: Linux

As explained by the source, Xiaomi will not try and keep up to date with the latest and greatest from Intel and Nvidia but go with older generation components to keep the pricing to a minimum. It is also interesting to see that the above spec list includes Linux as the pre-installed OS when our previous information from just a few weeks ago cited an analyst saying Windows 10 would be the OS of choice for the new Xiaomi laptops.

If Xiaomi can replicate its mobile success in stacking high, selling cheap (with good build quality), these laptops could be very popular. I'm looking forward to some official press release as 2016 is just around the corner.



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It is also interesting to see that the above spec list includes Linux as the pre-installed OS when our previous information from just a few weeks ago cited an analyst saying Windows 10 would be the OS of choice for the new Xiaomi laptops.

I expect that is just to beat Microsoft down on license pricing.

Windows pricing just doesn't make sense on cheap hardware, but I can't see allowing the the “with Bing” style cheap windows on an i7.
Even with the Windows tax and VAT,it shouldn't make it more than £400 to £450 in the UK,and its a pretty decent spec for the price IMHO!!
that does seem pretty good value if true. If it comes in at £400 with those specs and has decent battery life I don't mind if it has linux as standard, there's nothing inherently bad with linux these days other than lack of ‘industry standard software’ which you can usually find alternatives for.

Having said that as long as it's not locked down all I'd need to do is install windows for a nicely spec'd machine for the price :)
This is a cool bit of news - looking forward to the official press release and then the Hexus review!
It makes sense in more ways than just saving money, Intel has been rather negligent in updating the kernel's drivers for their newer hardware in a timely manner, particularly for the IGP part, at this point the Haswell platform has a nice mature driver set in the kernel for just about all current distros. Looks like a nice machine.