Those rumours of a Xiaomi laptop just won’t go away, could launch 2016

Rumours of a Xiaomi laptop go back years and were even laughed at by Lei Jun during the Xiaomi Mi3 launch way back when. For whatever reason the rumours have endured though and it’s now expect a launch is planned for 2016.

While around the globe Xiaomi appear to be sitting pretty and growing fast, in their local Chinese market their growth is slowing and rivals are scrabbling to catch up. Xiaomi’s model of keeping costs low and demand high has been the secret to their success, but it has also hindered them too. Rivals such as Huawei, Meizu, OnePlus etc have all followed suit and are eating in to Xiaomi’s initial market lead.

I’ve seen this first hand. While in Shenzhen last week the most popular phone were Huaweis, Xiaomi, Apple and even Samsung were not to be seen.

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So with a drying up mobile phone base in their home market Xiaomi need a new direction and many believe that a laptop is the way to go.

The latest rumours are that Xiaomi have teamed up with Foxconn once again to build a laptop computer that will launch in China in 2016. Although not confirmed it seems likely that the Xiaomi laptop will run Windows, it is the OS of choice in China and we have already seen Xiaomi partner with Microsoft on the Xiaomi Mi4. However, there is the chance that Xiaomi will take the opportunity to launch it’s own Linux based OS.

Hardware is not known but expect a premium alloy product with a display of around 15-inches.

Would you buy a Xiaomi laptop? Would you prefer it to run Windows or a custom OS?

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  1. Alessio Igor Bogani
    September 2, 2015

    IMHO ChromeOS could be a reasonable choiche

    • Anagh Ceon
      September 2, 2015

      for productivity chrome os idk . windows is a reasonable choice for proffesionals and students alike .

  2. OnlyMe999
    September 2, 2015

    If they may a core i3/i5 laptop with an aluminium unibody and 1920×1080 15.6″ display it could be pretty popular. Aluminium laptops only cost about $25-50 more to make yet they sell for hundreds more. If Xiaomi can make aluminium laptops a low cost product it could force western companies to follow suit.

    • Alessio Igor Bogani
      September 2, 2015

      I agree but I would prefer a 13.3/14 screen size

  3. yalok
    September 2, 2015

    miOS based on Linux + powerful ARM Chipset please.

    • Venci
      September 2, 2015

      Hahh miOS Linux sound nice, but would want a dual boot with windows

    • Natsumi
      September 2, 2015


      • yalok
        September 2, 2015

        no, it will be xiaomi/Linux

        • Natsumi
          September 2, 2015

          But I prefer gnu/linux

  4. Airyl
    September 2, 2015

    Customized version of Linux would be perfect.

  5. James
    September 2, 2015

    Yes, this is exactly the sort of thing I am looking for. I have a Dell E6540 and a MacBook Air. The Dell is a work device and I shouldn’t really use it for personal stuff at home. The MacBook Air is a great piece of hardware, but I despise the OS (which people seem to think is controversial….. I get a lot of flak for “dissing” OSX!) so a Windows/Linux based device in a similar chassis and hardware spec (it doesn’t even have to be as powerfull as the MB Air for my needs) as the Mac would be ideal. I am also looking at the new braswell powered tablets like the Teclast X98 Pro, with keyboard attachment as a possible alternative.

  6. Dheeraj
    September 2, 2015

    Use AMD Zen processor with a brilliant 1080p display and 15 inch display in the size of a 13.3 inch laptop similar to the Dell XPS 13. That will dominate the industry.

  7. Natsumi
    September 2, 2015

    Spanish keyboard please, anyone has it XD

  8. AD Ahmed
    September 2, 2015

    If there is a 17 or 18 inch FHD version of it with dadicated GPU i will start saving from now to buy it.