TAIPEI — Xiaomi Corp., a fast-growing Chinese maker of cheap smartphones, is working on its first tablet computer with chipmakers Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp. to cash in on China’s tablet market, according to the Topology Research Institute.
Xiaomi might choose only one of the two suppliers to provide the chipsets for its new tablet, which is expected to feature a 7.85-inch screen with an ultra-sharp resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, Topology researcher Michael Zuo said Tuesday in a technology industry conference in Taipei organized by Topology.
Citing sources from China, Zuo said the rumored tablet could be assembled by Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group and Inventec Corp., and might be available for as little as 1,000 Chinese yuan (US$160) in the third or fourth quarter of this year. Foxconn and Inventec have been Xiaomi’s manufacturing partners for its popular smartphones, including the high-end Mi3 and the low-cost Hongmi models. The Chinese brand’s Internet-ready televisions are assembled by Taiwan’s Wistron Corp.
Founded in 2010, Xiaomi has been successful in evoking Apple-like loyalty for its moderately priced high-end smartphones by mimicking the American firm’s marketing strategy of attaching an aura of exclusivity around its devices.
The Beijing-based handset manufacturer has been a hit in the fast-growing Chinese mobile market. It sold 18.7 million smartphones in 2013 and aims to sell up to 60 million units in 2014.