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First Xiaomi laptop might launch in Q2 2016

Xiaomi Mi notebook with Linux to hit the market in Q2 2016
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The Linux-powered notebook by Xiaomi is expected to target budget-conscious users, but a Huawei business laptop has also been mentioned by recent rumors.

The upcoming Linux-powered Xiaomi laptops have been in the rumor mill for a while, but there is no official confirmation of these products yet. However, some insiders familiars with the matter have just unleashed a few bits of extra information. Unfortunately, there is nothing about the technical specs yet, but a new confirmation that Xiaomi notebooks are scheduled to hit the market next year.

Sources from the industrial supply chain claim that manufacture of the first batch of Xiaomi laptops will begin in early 2016 and the official launch is expected to take place "around Q2 2016." The interesting part about the design and features of this machine is that Xiaomi will try to bring a metal design to the budget laptop users. To do this, they are expected to use Linux as the operating system pre-loaded, so it would not be a surprise to see them taking advantage of a non-Intel hardware platform as well.

Along the same lines, Huawei is allegedly working on a business laptop that might use a Huawei processor. Huawei Matebook would be a logical name choice, but nothing is official yet, so all the above should be taken with a grain of salt for now. We will get back to these portables as soon as we hear more, so stay tuned.


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Codrut Nistor, 2015-12- 3 (Update: 2015-12- 3)