In the official Mi5 launch a few days ago, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun announced, what could be possibly be the biggest expansion plan in the Chinese upstart’s history —  a foray into the massively future-worthy VR and robotics department (via GForGames).

Jun did not reveal much in detail about these subjects but he said that the company has already laid down the foundations of its VR and robotics development labs and has started investing in the same. He also said that the company has also decided to construct a R&D lab.

According to Mr. Jun, the theme on which Xiaomi will be focused on in 2016 will be “bold exploration”, which goes well with the two new revelations.

We still cannot predict what the company’s approach will be– will they go light and easy like the Samsung VR headsets or will they go full-on into the battlezone with a device to compete the HTC Vive. This, the company has left up to anyone’s guess.

Xiaomi has always been innovative in its take of technology, implementing the latest and greatest in its smartphones. The company’s newest flagship, for example, will run the Snapdragon 820 Chipset. The company also recently patented a new pressure sensitive touch screen similar to Apple’s 3D touch.

And not just smartphones, the Chinese firm has also contributed widely in health tech, too. It recently launched the Mi Band Pulse, the second installment of the company’s health band that can track your heart-rate, activity and sleep. We also saw the company launch a self-balancing scooter, in collaboration with Ninebot. Other innovative devices launched by the Chinese giant include a 48-Inch Smart TV Set, a water purifier and even a line of Smart Shoes to bolster its connected devices line-up.

All in all, the Chinese firm seems to be expanding its reach in all sectors and bringing out innovative tech wherever possible.


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