Xiaomi’s 12.5-Inch Laptop to Start Shipping in April: Report – NDTV

Xiaomi has been now for months rumoured to be working on its first
laptop that will look like Apple’s MacBook Air. Now, a new report citing
supply chain makers claims that Inventec will start ODM (original
design manufacturing) for Xiaomi’s 12.5-inch laptop. The report adds
that shipments of the Xiaomi’s 12.5-inch laptop are expected to begin in
April.

Digitimes claims Xiaomi initially
planned to launch a 12.5-inch model and another 13.3-inch model with two
separate ODM manufacturers – Inventec and Compal Electronics – in-line
with an earlier report
. The company however now plans to launch just the 12.5-inch model
initially, according to the report.

Xiaomi’s 12.5-inch laptop,
which is said to look like the MacBook Air, is likely to be priced at
CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs. 31,000), according to the sources. The
components in Xiaomi laptops will be mostly made by manufacturers based
in China.

This is not the first time that Xiaomi has been rumoured
to be working on not just one but two laptop models. Back in October, a
report claimed that Xiaomi’s both laptop models – 12.5-inch and
13.3-inch – will enter mass production in the first quarter of 2016. The
report had also added that Xiaomi had placed orders for about 250,000
units for the 12.5-inch model, and 500,000 units for the 13.3-inch
model. Inventec was said to be tasked to produce the 12.5-inch model units, while Compal Electronics will
manufacture the 13.3-inch model.

Back in September, Inventec
Chairman Richard Lee had suggested that the first laptop from Xiaomi’s
stables could be expected to start shipping in the first or second half
of 2016. Lee had further tipped that Xiaomi’s entry into laptop segment could shake up the laptop market the same way it did with
smartphones. For those unaware, Inventec has assembly lines for Xiaomi
smartphones.

Gadgets 360 had reached out to Xiaomi for a response
on the earlier report, but the company refused to comment. In an emailed response, Xiaomi said “We would not like to comment on the
speculation.”

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