Xiaomi just rode Apple’s coattails to the biggest startup valuation in world, but it appears the Chinese smartphone maker is ready to take its copying to new heights by getting into the laptop game with, you guessed it, a MacBook Air knockoff.
Images of an alleged Xiaomi laptop leaked to Gizmochina today reveal the company is working on a new device that looks exactly like the MacBook Air, minus the Apple logo on the back. Xiaomi swapped the ‘MacBook Air’ branding with a bright orange MI logo below the display. The only other thing distinguishing it from the MacBook Air will be its pricetag.
Xiaomi supposedly plans to sell its MacBook Air ripoff for about $481. It will be powered by an Intel i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and feature a 15-inch 1080p display running a customized version of Linux.
We can’t verify if the photos are legitimate, but if this is the real Mi3 it will probably be a best seller in China, but we doubt it will make any waves in the U.S.