In a bid to introduce innovation at every level, Samsung will be powering its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 with the Intel Clover Trail 32nm SoC processor, according to Reuters. The mobile-specific chip from Intel is distinguished for its superior graphics performance over its predecessor, with CPU and GPU coexisting on a single chip.
Samsung has typically used ARM processors for its Android devices. It will be using Intel chips in its Windows-based ATIV devices that are expected to be announced at a premier event in London on June 20th. The new Intel-powered Android tab is likely to be announced at the event, though Samsung may choose to hold a dedicated event to unveil its next gen flagship tablet.
As revealed by Russian blog Hi-Tech Mail, the new tablet, codenamed Santos 10, is expected to feature a 10.1-inch TFT-LCD display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a 3MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. It is expected in 16GB and 32GB versions powered by a 1.6GHz processor with 1GB RAM. Measuring 243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95mm and weighing 510g, the tab will run on the latest Android 4.2.2.
Intel, which introduced the new mobile chip at this year’s Mobile World Congress, is trying to gain traction in the mobile market, having lost ground to Apple’s mobile iDevices. Its Atom-based chips have already been used in some Android devices.
Apple is still dominating the tablet market with a 40 percent market share, but Samsung has gained a 20 percent share in a relatively short span of time. With diverse sizes and specifications, Samsung’s tablets are a tough competition for Apple’s. Regarding the release date of Samsung’s third-gen tab, rumors say that it will arrive next month. Nevertheless, Samsung has yet to make an official announcement.