Samsung Taps Intel Atom Processor for Galaxy Tab 3 10” Media Tablet

Samsung to Use x86 Microprocessor for Forthcoming Galaxy Tab 3 Slate

by Anton Shilov
05/20/2013 | 11:57 PM

Samsung Electronics has decided not to utilize its own system-on-chip for its forthcoming Galaxy Tab 3 media tablet with 10.1” display, but to rely on a system-on-chip produced by Intel Corp., according to specifications of the product revealed by a benchmark developer. The reasons behind the decision are unclear, but it looks like Intel has managed to create a high-performance SoC that consumes small amount of power.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 model GT-P5210 will be based on Intel Atom “Clovertrail” system-on-chip with two cores, Hyper-Threading technology, Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 544MP graphics engine (with two clusters) and so on, according to an entry in GLBenchmark database, which is a popular test software for smartphones and tablets. Maximum clock-speed of Atom SoC will be 1600MHz, hence its performance should be pretty decent in applications that actually need x86 chip with two cores and four virtual threads.

The choice of microprocessor is not the only surprise regarding the Galaxy Tab 3 with 10.1" display. As it appears, it will feature 1280*800 screen resolution, not retina-class display as expected previously. It will run Google Android 4.2.2 “Jelly Bean” operating system, just like the Galaxy S4 smartphone, which has higher resolution screen and better graphics engine. 

Even though Intel’s x86 microprocessors are expected to have hard times winning designs with Android operating system, the largest adopter of the platform that has tremendous influence on development of future apps for Android, has decided to try Intel SoC despite of the fact that it has its own processor development team.

Keeping in mind that Samsung is known for using different chips for devices that carry the same brand, it is possible that some Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with 10.1" display will utilize Intel Atom “Clovertrail”, other will be powered by Samsung’s own Exynos-series application processors and another flavor will feature chips from different vendors.

Samsung and Intel did not comment on the news-story.