A laptop that could change the PC market forever has just gone on preorder

One of the biggest smartphone vendors in China has entered the laptop market with a model that is, at least on paper, significantly better value-for-money than most of the competition.

The unnamed model has gone on preorder on Chinese e-tailer website Banggood for just under £490 ($XXX, AU$ YYY) with discounts for quantity orders.

Physically, it looks very similar to Apple’s MacBook Air – complete with aluminium finish and a tapered edge – albeit with a display that is not only far bigger (at 15.6-inch) but also sports a much higher resolution (full HD).

The rest of the configuration is nearer to a MacBook Pro than it is to the MacBook Air though. There’s an Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM as well as an Nvidia Geforce GTX960M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory.

No details emerged about the storage capacity (probably a 128GB SSD) but it is confirmed that it will run Linux, likely to be a cost-cutting decision.

While it comes with two USB ports only (plus a HDMI and a card slot), Xiaomi’s laptop also sports an intriguing flat connector port that alludes to a docking station.

Xiaomi is better known for its high specced, low cost smartphones but also sells an eclectic array of products that includes power banks, Wi-Fi routers, action cameras, water purifiers and even robots.

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