The report, in Taiwanese wire Digitimes, quotes sources in the supply chain for the information.
It’s transparently clear what the chip vendor is doing. It still only has a minute share in the tablet market which is dominated by other players, and it hopes that the move will spur Xiaomi to make Intel based tablets.
Xiaomi has made a name for itself in the smartphone market, and Intel has only a weak presence in that market too.
But while the deal might look juicy and attractive, it transpires that the “free” chips are cheap Atom microprocessors.
Xiaomi is a relatively new player in the PC notebook market and is expected to launch products in Europe in the new year.