Xiaomi gets special Intel kickback

IntelA report said that for every CPU it sells to Chinese vendor Xiaomi, Intel will give away a tablet CPU too.

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.