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Xiaomi may have to weaken its new laptop to keep it affordable

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High-end specs, mid-range price. That’s part of what makes Xiaomi’s products so ridiculously successful, and so far, the company hasn’t had to sacrifice much in the way of power to keep its device’s affordable. Unfortunately, it looks like that might change with the company’s first foray into the laptop market, as the 15.6-inch version of its laptop will come with a GTX 760M graphics card and a Haswell series i7 processor, neither of which are current-generation components. It’s not that big of a deal for most users, and it’s definitely worth the rumored $466 price tag, but considering how the company’s flagship smartphones tend to have the latest and greatest components, many of us were expecting the same to be true of its laptops. But like I said, it still sounds like and excellent device, especially for that price. 

Xiaomi is, first and foremost, a smartphone manufacturer. This company tends to dabble in pretty much anything tech-related, and they will release their first notebook soon. Inventec has already confirmed that they’re working on (one of) the company’s notebook, and that the device is expected to arrive in April next year. Well, Inventec is working on one of the company’s notebooks, but three different ones have been mentioned, the 12.5, 13.3 and 15.6-inch models. Inventec is working on the 12.5-inch model, while Compal is rumored to be working on the 13.3-inch variant. The 15.6-inch notebook is the most interesting one here, read on. The specifications of the 15.6-inch Xiaomi notebook have surfaced a while back, and according to that report, the device will sport a 15.6-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, 8GB of RAM and will be powered by Intel’s Core i7 4th-generation SoC. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 760M GPU is said to be included in this package as well, and Linux will reportedly going to come pre-installed here. On top of all this, the notebook is rumored to cost 2,999 Yuan ($466), which doesn’t seem all that expensive for this notebook. In order to keep the price at bay, Xiaomi is going to use the Core i7 SoC from the fourth-gen Haswell series, while the current sixth-gen Skylake chips probably are not going to be included in any variant of Xiaomi’s notebook. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M GPU is also not the newest graphics card, this GPU was released back in 2013.

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