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Analyst: Intel’s SoC To Fuel Xiaomi’s & Huawei’s Laptop

December 2, 2015 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Xiaomi and Huawei are the two largest smartphone manufacturers in China at the moment, as far as market share is concerned. These two OEMs have been growing fast for a while now, and Huawei has had an especially productive year, and is currently the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. These two companies are mainly smartphone manufacturers, but they tend to dabble in pretty much anything tech related, especially Xiaomi.

That being said, both of these companies plan on releasing laptops in the near future. According to the latest report, Xiaomi’s laptop will arrive in the second quarter of next year and will be manufactured in cooperation with Inventec. Speaking of which, Inventec has already confirmed that the laptop is on the way, so we’re beyond rumors as far as this is concerned. This laptop will be made out of metal, and according to the new report, it will be powered by Intel’s SoC. Huawei, on the other hand, has trademarked the ‘MateBook’ name recently, and a number of rumors suggested that the company is also working on releasing a tablet. Well, according to the aforementioned report, Huawei’s laptop offering will, much like Xiaomi’s, be fueled by Intel’s processor. This report actually comes from a China-based analyst, Sun Changxu. The analyst says that the two laptops will be fueled by Intel’s chips because the SoCs this compnies normally use aren’t compatible with Windows, due to its X86 architecutre.

You may notice that the analyst mentioned Windows here, does this mean these two laptops will run Windows? Well, it’s possible, even though a couple of rumors suggested Xiaomi’s offering might ship with Linux on top. The Windows route makes sense though, especially for Xiaomi. The company has recently announced the Windows variant of their newest tablet, the Mi Pad 2. That’s not all though, you’ll be able to flash Windows OS on their Mi 4 smartphone soon as well. That’s pretty much it, all we can do at this point is sit and wait for more info, but it seems like Xiaomi and Huawei are both going to release really interesting laptops in the next couple of months.