Although chip giant Intel has already taken a considerable beating because of its commitment to become a leading player in the mobile and tablet market, it seems that it doesn’t feel it’s spent quite enough yet.
According to Taiwanese wire Digitimes, Intel is going to create reference designs for the Android operating system in the second half of this year in a bid to help so-called “white box” manufacturers make and sell cheap tablets.
“White box” goods are unbranded products which distributors and others can then pick up and re-brand with their own je ne sais quois.
The Chinese white-box tablet market has, according to several market research companies, already taken a whack as demand falls because the replacement cycle for these devices isn’t on a very regular basis.
But Intel wants tablets to use its SoFIA processors and prices for 10 inch, 8 inch and seven inch LTE and 3G tablets at prices of around $130, $90, and $80.
It isn’t just Chinese manufacturers who will benefit from Intel’s largesse – the same report said that well known names including Foxconn, Compal, Pegatron, Wistron and Elitegroup will all give the Intel scheme a go.
Meanwhile, the research arm of Digitimes reported that there is such a huge stock of cheap notebooks in 2015 that manufacturers are complaining of the “worst ever” decline in shipments.