Subsidiary Inventec Appliance Corp, which assembles Xiaomi’s smartphones, is to jointly design and manufacture the Chinese company’s first notebook products in Inventec’s plants in China, Lee said.
Xiaomi now has 200 million active smartphone users and Lee believes that the laptop will bring about the same level of attention to it. He also said that they will be creating “a different look for their laptops, just like the phones.”, which is referring to the company’s use of premium quality materials and components while still being able to keep it at mid-rang prices.
The upcoming Xiaomi laptop is expected to see the light of day and start shipping in either the first or second quarter of 2016, according to a report in the Taipei Times.
If the report is accurate, Xiaomi could launch a notebook in early 2016. Approximate price points of the notebook are speculated to be in the CNY 2,999 region which roughly translates to Rs 31,500.
We keep hearing that Xiaomi is working on a laptop.
A recent interview between the Invetec chairman and Taipei Times has confirmed that Xiaomi are planning a laptop launch in the near future. In December past year, there were even a few photos of a device floating on the web that some bloggers claimed was a Xiaomi laptop prototype. Calling it the Xiaomi Notebook, on first glance one couldn’t help but notice the uncanny resemblance to the Apple MacBook Air. It would come with two 8GB RAM modules, taking the total RAM to 16GB.
As for the market rumor that Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) has also been chosen as a ODM partner for its notebook, Lee said that he is unaware of such a plan.