Shared laptops are the latest sharing economy idea from Huawei’s Honor, with doorstep delivery through Meituan
- The Honor MagicBook can be rented out from shops during a limited promotion over China’s week-long holiday starting on National Day
- Users in Beijing can have a MagicBook delivered through Meituan’s food delivery app
The personal computer just got a little less personal. China, already known as the capital of shared bikes and power banks, will soon launch the first shared laptop scheme thanks to a limited promotion from Huawei’s sub-brand Honor.
Honor is best known for its affordable line of smartphones, but it also has a budget laptop brand called MagicBook. This is the laptop that people will be able to borrow during China’s upcoming national holiday that runs from October 1 to 8, the company announced on Sunday. The laptops will be available at Honor stores or can be delivered through Meituan in Beijing.
Huawei did not respond to questions about whether the sharing scheme might be extended.
This could be an opportunity for Honor to promote the MagicBook brand. Honor just unveiled the new MagicBook Pro at IFA 2020 electronics show in Berlin earlier this month.
The scheme is primarily targeting office workers who prefer not to carry around their laptops while travelling. The national holiday, which commemorates the establishment of the People‘s Republic of China on October 1, 1949, is a busy travel season in China. Last year, people in the country made 782 million domestic tourism trips that week.
According to the announcement, users will be able to work with personal files stored on their smartphones by connecting the phone directly to the laptop. This will keep people from having to transfer files to the laptop’s hard drive and transferring them back after editing.
While most people looking to take advantage of this programme will have to go pick the laptop up themselves, people in Beijing will have the option of having it delivered to their door. Honor partnered with Meituan Dianping, China’s popular food delivery service, which has expanded into on-demand delivery for a range of products.