Xiaomi is rumored to be working on a laptop, which we call the MiBook (only because we think it would be a great name).
The MiBook could go on sale as early as 1Q 2016 to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air and Lenovo’s ThinkPad, sources have said.
If the rumors are true, we could also see a 15-inch screen, manufactured by Inventec and Foxconn. Inventec already make notebooks for HP, Toshiba, and Acer.
Major rumors are circulating that the laptop will run Linux, a move that would be a huge win for Linux. But it probably won’t run the Linux we are familiar with.
Just as they started with Android, and built the complete MIUI on top of it, we think their Mi-Linux will not share too much resemblance to.
We are thinking more along the lines of a heavily modified Ubuntu, which already kind of looks like MIUI.
Xiaomi is also rumored to be following their standard procedure of cramming premium hardware into mass-market prices, with the MiBook coming in around US$470.