Looks Like Xiaomi Is Actually Producing A Laptop, According To Sources
Previously, we spoke about how Xiaomi was going to target the notebook market and create hell for a lot of laptop OEMs, which would definitely include the likes of Lenovo. While critics might have been skeptical over the move that the company was intending on making, it has been confirmed that Xiaomi will in fact be releasing a notebook next year.
A Xiaomi Laptop Could Only Be Possible With The Help Of Inventec
Previously, it was reported that both Foxconn and Inventec had jumped onto the deal of helping Xiaomi roll out its first ever laptop. Now, the source states is only referring to the efforts of Inventec. Moreover, if the Chinese smartphone OEM can tap into the mechanical keyboard market, then manufacturing its first ever laptop should also have been expected to be on the cards. The source also states that Richard Lee, who is the Chairman of Inventec, had this to say about the deal.
“I am upbeat about the business outlook for Xiaomi’s notebook computers, as the firm has more than 200 million registered smartphone users. I am not sure if the smartphone approach will be applicable to notebooks, but I expect Xiaomi’s entry into the notebook industry to bring something new to the market.”
With more than 200 million registered Xiaomi mobile device owners, it is evidently clear that Xiaomi has dominated a major portion of the smartphone market but in the foreseeable future, the company cannot just rely on this particular segment to produce its bread and butter. Furthermore, in order to reduce the costs of its upcoming handsets, Xiaomi also intends on reducing dependency on Qualcomm’s and MediaTek’s chipsets in favor of its own.
As far as the laptops are concerned, we suspect that these machines are going to feature a form factor that will rival that of Apple’s MacBook notebook (image given below, courtesy of Xiaomi Today), with the paramount difference being that the Chinese firm’s offerings will be much cheaper. There is also a rumor that these laptops are going to be running Linux instead of Microsoft’s Windows, which does not seem like a smart thing to do because Windows holds the highest market share in the desktop and laptop operating system category.
Lee also did not care to divulge the cosmetic design of these laptops, nor decided to share the hardware specifications that will make up these machines. So it will be up to us to see what Xiaomi has in store for the public. Do you guys feel that Xiaomi can make a significant dent in the laptop market in the near future? Let us know your thoughts.