In a matter of hours, chinese tech giants, Xiaomi could launch its first VR headset. According to the company’s latest teasers, its first VR headset will be officially launched on August 1.
Xiaomi’s reason to enter Virtual Reality seems to be its own MIUI based on Android. Xiaomi ships its smartphones with MIUI which is a forked version of Android that relies heavily on customisation and smart features. Xiaomi’s VR headset plans have been revealed by company’s General Manager, Tang Mu. Tang Mu says, Xiaomi is building its own VR headset to provide best VR experience to its MIUI users. One very good thing about this is that the headphone would be DayDream compatible.
Google had earlier stated that Daydream compatible smartphones will come with strict restriction for hardware, this could connote that Xiaomi is also working on compatible smartphones. Just like Samsung makes its own GearVR powered by Oculus for its flagship Galaxy range, Xiaomi could adopt a similar strategy by introducing a new VR headset with flagship smartphone to power it.
Xiaomi forayed into PC space with the launch of its first-ever ultrabook Mi Notebook Air in China. It features a 13.3-inch display, powered by Intel i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD storage and runs on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Xiaomi has priced this 13.3-inch laptop at RNB 4,999. A more affordable variant of Mi Notebook Air with 12.5-inch HD display, Intel i3 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB SDD is priced at RNB 3499.
They are also involved in the manufacture of smart home products which include Blood pressure monitor, Air purifier, Yi Smart Webcam, Hi water purifier, Mi smart scale, YI Action Camera e.t.c
Their diversification in business made Stratechery writer Ben Thompson state that “In fact, you could argue that Xiaomi is actually the first “Internet of Things” company: unlike Google (Nest), Apple (HomeKit), or even Samsung (SmartThings), all of whom are offering some sort of open SDK to tie everything together (a necessity given that most of their customers already have appliances that won’t be replaced anytime soon), Xiaomi is integrating everything itself and selling everything one needs on Mi.com to a fan base primed to outfit their homes for the very first time. It’s absolutely a vertical strategy – the company is like Apple after all – it’s just that the product offering is far broader than anything even Gene Munster could imagine. The services Lei Jun talks about – MIUI and Mi.com especially – sell the products and tie them all together, but they are all Xiaomi products in the end.”
We do hope that in the next few years, Xiaomi would become a household name even outside its home country, China.