It appears that Xiaomi has something interesting in store for us in 2016.
Reports are not coming in that they plan to make two (2) new laptops (Gleyo, 2015, October 28) to be released in 2016. It’s alledged that one is a 12.5” screen laptop and the other is a 13.3”.
The report is backed up by rumours of Xiaomi ordering some 250,000 12.5-inch notebook units from Inventec and 500,000 13.3-inch laptops from Compal Electronics (Orlowski, 2015, October 28), both of which are Taiwanese electronics manufacturer.
They’ve allegedly poached a lot of Lenovo executives to manage their latest product. This adds to their portfolio that includes smartphones, a fitness tracker, the S$13 Mi Band Fitness Monitor (Deer, 2015, June 9) and even a GoPro competitor, the Xiaomi Yi (Deer, 2015, March 27) Action camera.
Now they are building a Linux based Laptop for 2016 release, similar to the US$295 MintBox Mini (Deer, 2015, January 22) from CompuLab! No specs other than the screen-size but can we expect ultra-chap laptops, say US$199 with high-end specs (Pot, 2015, October 26) similar to their smartphones?
Expect more news of this exciting development as if the prices are that low, we may be looking at a Linux Laptop renaissance (Vaughan-Nichols, 2015, October 13) as predicted by Linux creator Linus Torvalds …at least in China, the Far East, Central Asia and possibly far west as Europe.
Stay tuned as 2016 is only two (2) months away.
- Deer, L. (2015, January 22). US$295 CompuLab’s MintBox Mini – Great start to a MintBox Mini Dynasty of Linux PC’s. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/us295-compulabs-mintbox-mini-great-start-to-a-mintbox-mini-dynasty-of-linux-pcs/
- Deer, L. (2015, March 27). US$65 Xiaomi Yi is GoPro Competition on Xiaomi’s 5th Anniversary. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/xiaomi-yi-gopro-action-cameras/
- Deer, L. (2015, June 9). IDC Stats for Wearables in the First Quarter of 2015 – US$13 Mi Band Fitness Monitor Xiaomi No. 2 as Apple Watch to dominate Smartwatch segment by Q4 2015. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/06/IDC-Wearables-Xiaomi-Mi-Band-Apple-Watch-Q4-2015.html
- Vaughan-Nichols, S.J. (2015, October 13). Linus Torvalds would like to see an ARM laptop, but he doesn’t expect it. Retrieved from http://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-would-like-to-see-an-arm-laptop-but-he-doesnt-expect-it/
- Pot, J. (2015, October 26). Xiaomi’s Linux laptop will be available in early 2016. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/xiamois-linux-laptop-will-be-available-in-early-2016/
- Gleyo, F. (2015, October 28). Confirmed: Two Xiaomi Linux Laptops All Set For Mass Production In 2016. Retrieved from http://www.techtimes.com/articles/99999/20151028/confirmed-two-xiaomi-linux-laptops-all-set-for-mass-production-in-2016.htm
- Orlowski, A. (2015, October 28). Xiaomi preps Linux laptops for the post Christmas sales rush. Retrieved from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/28/xiaomi_linux_laptop/