Xiaomi, the company which has earned a name for itself selling cheap-priced smartphones, tablets, and TVs among other gadgets, could soon launch a laptop. The Chinese technology conglomerate is working on a MacBook Air-like notebook, as per a new report. The company plans to launch the notebook in the first quarter of 2016, the report added.
Citing people familiar with Xiaomi’s plan, Bloomberg reports that the company has been in talks with hardware manufacturers for the internal components of the notebook. Xiaomi is talking to Samsung, for instance, for the supply of memory chips. The new notebook is expected to sport a low-price tag, much like the vast majority of Xiaomi’s products. No other information about the device is known as of yet.
This isn’t the first time Xiaomi has been said to be working on a MacBook Air-like notebook. Last year purported images of Xiaomi’s notebook leaked on the Web. The company had later noted that the images weren’t genuine, refuting the rumour.
Founded in 2010, Xiaomi has quickly become one of the red-hot technology companies. Xiaomi, which insists it is a software company, has become more famous for selling durable smartphones in an incredibly cheap price range.
Over the past three years, Xiaomi has forayed into several new product categories including TVs, wearables, networking, and several home appliances. The company is also aggressively entering new markets. It entered India last year, and has since launched a number of products. It plans to start selling some of its products including Mi Band in the US and UK later this year.