Since months now, there are rumors of Xiaomi working on the 1st laptop that would look like MacBook Air of Apple. In a new report, a supply chain has been cited and claims are made that the ODM would for the 12.5 inch laptop of Xiaomi would be started by Inventec. Additionally, the report adds that the shipping of this laptop would begin in the month of April.
Claims are made that initially there were plans of launching a 12.5 inch model and a 13.3 inch model with separate manufacturers of ODM, Compal and Inventec. However, now the company is planning to launch the 12.5 inch one initially.
The laptop is said to be like MacBook Air and has a price of CNY 2,999 as per the sources. The components that are seen in the device would be manufactured from China. This is not the first time that there are rumors of Xiaomi working on 1 or 2 laptop models. In the month of October, there was a report, which made claims that mass production of both the laptop models would be seen in the 1st quarter of 2016. Further, it was added in the report that orders were placed for around 2,50,000 units for 12.5 inch model and 500,000 units for the 13.3-inch model. Inventec was given a task of producing 12.5 models and Compal was given a task of producing 13.3 inch models. In the month of September, Richard Lee, the Chairman of Inventec suggested that the stables of Xiaomi would start shipping in the 2nd or 1st half of the year 2016. Further, it was tipped that the entry of Xiaomi into the laptop world would shake up the market.