So much for a collapse. The PC market may be on the slopes, but with Microsoft making its own (convertible) laptop and Apple totally owning it with its MacBooks, Huawei seems to be puffing up its chest for a major Mate move. That’s if the ever-grinding Chinese rumor mill gets its facts right.
Swimming around in the muck is news that Intel had given Xiaomi a BOGO deal on chips, reportedly giving the OEM a tablet processor per notebook processor the company bought or possibly vice versa. That tablet processor could be the Atom x5 that we saw on the Mi Pad 2 late last year. We haven’t seen a Xiaomi PC actuate just yet.
But on a parallel storyline, it seems that Huawei requested a trademark for the term “MateBook” for use with laptop, keyboard, software and other cate-sorry, Mategories of products just last fall. Trade winds tell us that April will see Huawei factories kick into gear.
Remember that while PC purchases are piping down, the smartphone market isn’t exactly as hot as it used to be. But the company may be seeding a new vertical to meet a five-year revenue target of $100 billion.
With the way thing are going, investors should hope that the company’s already close.