The long-rumoured Xiaomi Linux laptop is to go on sale in China this spring, a new leak claims.
‘The latest rumor says the notebook will run Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Xiaomi’s MIUI software’
But the supposed MacBook Air-alike won’t be running a custom desktop Linux operating system like original rumours suggested.
New information surfaced on one China’s biggest online news portals claims the 12.9-inch convertible notebook will dual-boot Microsoft’s Windows 10 software and Xiaomi’s MIUI OS when it launches in April.
Industry insider blog DigiTimes relays the news from the NetEase, whom it cites as saying:
“Xiaomi Technology will launch a notebook with a 12.9-inch display and a dual-operating system (OS) design using Windows 10 and MIUI”.
MIUI is Xiaomi’s custom (and beautiful) Android fork, as used on its successful line of smartphones and tablets.
Windows 10 is… Well, you can finish that sentence in your own head.
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Both of the earlier rumours lacked specifics, and Digitimes’ is famed for having a somewhat scatter-shot, shaky hit-rate with rumours.
The claim that Xiaomi would load its 2-in-1 laptop with a “‘custom Linux operating system” never precluded MUIU from being a potential OS choice, though. MIUI is Android after all, and Android is Linux.
Bloomberg Korea added weight to the story, with its own industry sources confirming a Xiaomi notebook is in the pipeline. Bloomberg did, however, stop short of mentioning the software expected to power it.
It is a little surprising to hear it may dual-boot with Windows 10. It’ll be interesting to see how that is implemented
Xiaomi enters the traditional PC space as it loses market share in China to Huawei — and with news that Huawei is also to launch a 2-in-1 Windows 10 notebook in China this April the competition is only set to get fiercer.