Xiaomi Inventec notebooks may be coming in 2016
Reports from China are saying that Xiaomi will bring its first notebooks to market by early 2016. The company will partner with Taiwanese Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) Inventec for the venture. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun had previously denied reports that the company would be moving into the notebook market.
Alongside the latest reports comes allegedly leaked photos of the Xiaomi Mi notebook. Whether the image is a dud or a real render, however, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, chairman of Inventec Tsu-Chin Lee has all but confirmed that his company will help produce a Xiaomi notebook for launch by mid 2016 at the latest.
Lee added that Inventec is already making tablets for Xiaomi. During the press event, he also implied that more than one notebook model will be made in cooperation with Xiaomi. The manufacturer may be planning a family of notebooks with different display sizes.
The unconfirmed hardware itself leaves plenty of room for speculation. Recent rumors point to a 15.6-inch offering with Linux OS for a price of 3000 Yuan (~420 Euros). Other details claim that the first series of notebooks will be very price-performance aggressive and will therefore refrain from using the latest CPU technology from Intel. As a result, it's possible that early Xiaomi notebooks will come with Core i7 Haswell processors instead of Skylake or Broadwell. At the most basic configuration, the same rumors claim a FHD display and 8 GB RAM.