Xiaomi has made a name for itself in China and a few other markets by offering high-quality, low-cost phones, tablets, TVs, and other products. But what about personal computers?

There have been rumors making the rounds for a while that Xiaomi plans to launch a laptop. Now Tapei Times reports Xiaomi is working with OEM Inventec to product its first laptop.

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While Xiaomi only sells smartphones in select markets, it’s possible a Xiaomi laptop could have a wider reach, since there’s no need to work with global wireless carriers since most laptops don’t include cellular modems.

If the report is accurate, Xiaomi could launch a notebook in early 2016. That’s about it for details: there’s no word on what kind of features the laptop will have, how much it will sell for, or even if it’ll run Windows or a different operating system: I wouldn’t be shocked to see a Xiaomi Chromebook.

via GizmoChina

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8 replies on “Xiaomi laptop rumors revived”

  1. I would definitely get this xiaomi laptop if they provide the same price/performance as they did with redmi 2 against its competition. For the os, I think deepin OS will be a better choice since it has a html5 ui that could be easily modified to their miui style.

  2. Xiaomi does have a tab,not just phones.
    A laptop only makes sense if it’s Linux on ARM. As phone SoCs are reaching ultrabook performance it is easy to make a much cheaper machine while pushing their own ecosystem.
    Getting stuck with Intel like Apple did would be stupid. Look at the new iphone, it has Macbook perf without the ridiculous price one has to pay for Intel chips.
    The US is stuck on Office and Windows but the world less so. Last week or so the Italian military announced a move to LibreOffice.
    Anyway, the hardware and the software for Linux on ARM is getting there while Wintel is getting worse ( Intel’s high prices and Microsoft’s spyware) so it’s just the right time to push. Ofc that’s a bit relative, not much life left in laptops, once we get the reasonable phones and tabs with foldable screens,laptops will take a huge hit.So it is a waste of time and resources to make a laptop today, no future there.

    1. Intel can charge a high price for their CPUs because NOBODY else can compete with them. Pure supply/demand and competition based pricing. And you must be smoking some kind of crack if you think the new iPhone can compete with desktop/laptop CPUs on CPU processes.

      edit: Phone SoCs slowing reaching ultrabook performance isn’t surprising. They’re upping performance while keeping power increases small. Intel is doing the opposite. They’re keeping the performance while lowering the power. Also “A laptop only makes sense if it’s Linux on ARM” is a pure illogical statement at this point in time. Linux still has a LONG way to go before it’s ready for mainstream, not to mention there are so many ARM CPU variants it’s hard to optimize performance for them all.

      edit2: you talk about once reasonable phones and tab with foldable screens are available, laptops will take a huge hit. Has it not occurred to you that you can also say once laptops come with foldable screens and start having mobile wireless access, phones and tabs will take a hit? You’re calling the next popular mobile format as a “phone”, but it can just as be easily be called a “laptop”, because the fact is that it will be neither, but a combination of what makes sense as technology progresses.

    2. Linux on ARM (outside of variants of Android) is going nowhere. There isn’t the slightest indication that any of the major Linux distros has a future on phones, tablets, or laptops outside of niche products for Linux enthusiasts. None at all.

      Also, laptops will continue to be sold in the tens of millions for at least the next decade, and probably longer. The technology will change eventually, of course, but it’s ludicrous to claim that it’s too late for Xiaomi to enter the laptop market. Indeed, as they gain experience in the laptop market, they will be much better placed if and when the convergence of the laptop and mobile market becomes a reality. (For now, it’s just a fantasy.)

        1. The Raspberry Pi has been a great success, but it is still a niche product aimed at hobbyists, and its sales has not translated into demand for Linux on other mobile platforms.

          1. I’ll play coy here and suggest that it depends on your measurement of success. Original OS publishers didn’t give up when their userbase was in the thousands compared to millions. I think the userbase for the Pi alone makes the existence of Linux on ARM worthwhile. It also makes a decent backup plan if the X86 market should ever lose relevance (unlikely in the near future).

  3. I’m listening, Xiaomi…

    Make a 8-9 inch laptop, with a 1080 resolution screen. I will buy one.

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