See the official holidays — in red — after the break.
Teclast throws a monkey-wrench into the market.
Anyone want to buy an eight-inch tablet that does only Windows 8.1 now?
The China Tmall page. 799 yuan is about US$128.
Teclast’s dual-boot 80h page. The Photoshoppery includes a stylus. I wouldn’t go buying this if you think there will be a stylus later on. This is a conventional capacitive screen, like most tablets.
Again over at the IMP3Net forum, tablet wonk iambillbil evaluates the Android-Windows 8.1 dual-boot version of the Teclast X98 Air 3 [Google Translate]. In this part, which probably concludes his evaluation, he examines it from the Windows 8.1 boot.
He notes that the memory bandwidth he raved about earlier is no longer present in the tablet. And he gets a very strange result when polling that memory. While it’s not as fast as earlier, it’s still good, though. There are otherwise no surprises.
Valued by private investors at more than $10 billion, Xiaomi recorded revenue of 26.6 billion yuan and an operating margin of just 1.8 percent.
A Xiaomi spokeswoman confirmed the accuracy of the filing, but said it did not cover the entirety of Xiaomi’s business.
“They’re growing so fast and so lean, I wouldn’t be surprised even if they were losing money,” said Forrester Research analyst Bryan Wang. “The current market is so competitive that I don’t think it’s sustainable without consolidation.”
Xiaomi has recently been Amazon-like, investing in other companies (Amazon usually buys such companies outright). Their latest move, the one that prompted this revelation, was a large investment in home appliance maker Midea.
People tend to forget that Xiaomi began with MIUI. Phones came later.
Ironically, that makes me think of the Walt Disney quote — he died on this date in 1966:
I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.