What do you get for the geek who has everything this Christmas? Well, if you’re in China and you have 1 yuan (10p) to spare, Xiaomi has just launched in beta a self-assembly smart Wi-Fi router with a 1TB hard drive. Announced by former Android product manager Hugo Barra in a Google+ post on Monday (h/t TechInAsia), the new Mi …
10p for the 1st 500.
Unlike most companies these days, they most likely gave you a discount for being an early tester. Not the usual US version of "fuck you over for a premium for being 1st, fix the mountain of bugs and missing features, then slash the costs" mentality.
April 1st 2014 come early in el reg ?
Or was it a geeky wet dream ?
Maybe that explains all the dropouts.
Yeah, nothing says "Apple" like a build it yourself router. Or a terabyte of storage for 10p.
Have you seen their other offerings?
Their MIUI version of Android looks to be genuinely well thought through:
But yeah, their stated business model is to sell hardware at close to cost, and make profit by selling services on top of it - a model that is closer Amazon's than Apple's.
Only 10 being sold at this price - obviously it's a buzz-generating "sale".
Keep scrolling until you get to the 'Thunder Platinum Membership Card HD download necessary fetish party'.
It could of been so retro... I was expecting it to assemble into a wooden box, a bit like the Apple I...