Leaked pictures suggest Xiaomi is building a MacBook Air clone

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi recently raised $1.1 billion in funding, valuing the company at an astronomical $45 billion. CEO and founder Lei Jun announced the deal in a Weibo post, adding that the company plans to unveil new flagship products next month. One of those could be a low-cost laptop modeled after the MacBook Air.

GizmoChina has leaked pictures of the rumored 15" system, which is a dead ringer for Apple's slimmest MacBook. The machine looks well-equipped, too, with a 1080p display, Core i7-4500U processor, and 16GB of RAM. The price? About ¥2999, the site says, which works out to less than $500 USD.

Although it's not unreasonable for Xiaomi to be working on a PC laptop, the projected price tag seems impossibly low. The processor alone sells for $393 in 1000-unit quantities, and 16GB of RAM ain't cheap these days. The unnamed system will reportedly run a modified version of Linux, which should save a few bucks, but I doubt that's enough to make up for the upscale specifications.

Update — Looks like this was too good to be true. Xiaomi communications manager Kaylene Hong told Tech in Asia that the GizmoChina story is "false news." The leaker who provided the image appears to have Photoshopped a picture from the website of Chinese notebook maker Kakatech, which offers an identical-looking system with less inspiring specifications.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 8 years ago

    Yay for standards.

    I wish 16:10 had become the standard because it’s very close to the golden ratio and not too far removed from the root-two metric used by ISO paper sizes where you fold an A3 sheet in half to get an A4 sheet of the exact same proportions (which would be mathematically perfect for things like portrait/landscape screen rotation).

    At any rate, 16:9 is a standard and it’s close enough to 16:10 that I don’t want the pain of having to deal with “wrong aspect ratio” issues for another ten years as everyone fights over 16:9 or “cinema” 21:9 and content continue to have stupid black bars horizontal/vertical or even both if people are [i<]really[/i<] dumb.

    • orik
    • 8 years ago

    Trend? You mean standard, right?

    • chuckula
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]Update — Looks like this was too good to be true. Xiaomi communications manager Kaylene Hong told Tech in Asia that the GizmoChina story is "false news." The leaker who provided the image appears to have Photoshopped a picture from the website of Chinese notebook maker Kakatech, which offers an identical-looking system with less inspiring specifications.[/quote<] Snap --> This story plus the Freesync monitor upgrade story are two fakes in the last couple of days. Those rumor mongers are getting too good.

    • jjj
    • 8 years ago

    Every few days there is some Xiaomi laptop fake news, usually it doesn’t make it out of China but now it did even if it was ridiculously fake.

    • End User
    • 8 years ago

    [url=https://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-laptop-macbook-clone-fake-photos/<]Fake.[/url<]

    • TREE
    • 8 years ago

    Why the 16:9 aspect ratio! Look what it does to touchpads on small laptops [url<]http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/IMG_0617-980x665.jpg[/url<] I just read that it's a 15" laptop, oh well. Still, I hate this 16:9 aspect ratio trend.

    • chuckula
    • 8 years ago

    Well, they copied Apple in every other respect, so why not that too?

    • Jason181
    • 8 years ago

    Ah, so that’s how they’re subsidizing the low price; selling your credit card information to the highest bidder.

    • Hattig
    • 8 years ago

    I’m guessing the maximum configuration option is being mixed up with the base configuration price.

    I’m surprised that for a custom Linux system they aren’t going with an ARM based setup like a Chromebook to save money…

    • ronch
    • 8 years ago

    Perhaps this thing will use Contra-Revenue Intel CPUs?

    • maxxcool
    • 8 years ago

    So you can get more Malware! … Nope not even for free …

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