by Anton Shilov
06/04/2013 | 11:05 PM
Samsung Electronics this week introduced its new flagship Galaxy Tab 3 10.1” media tablet. The new slate not only features an expanded range of options along with those previously announced with the 7” version, but for the first time comes with Intel Corp.’s Atom Z2560 “Clover Trail+” application processor as well as Intel's XMM 6262 3G modem solution or Intel's XMM 7160 4G/LTE solution.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 model GT-P5210 is based on Intel Atom Z2560 “Clovertrail+” system-on-chip with two cores, Hyper-Threading technology, Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 544MP graphics engine (with two clusters) as well as 1GB LPDDR3 memory. The tablet utilizes 10.1” display with 1280*800 resolution and is equipped with 1.3MP front-facing camera, a 3MP rear-facing camera. Galaxy Tab 3 10.1” has advanced connectivity options, including 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, A-GPS and GLONASS navigation, Bluetooth 4.0 as well as USB 3.0; select versions feature 3G and 4G/LTE. The slate features accelerometer, magnetic and light sensors. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1” is available with 16GB or 32GB storage and both capacities also feature a microSD card slot. The product is equipped with Li-ion 6800mAh battery and weighs 510 grams.
The choice of microprocessor is pretty surprising. Traditionally, Samsung Galaxy Tab slates were powered by either Samsung’s own Exynos-series application processors or other ARM-compatible system-on-chips from different companies. This clearly means that power efficiency of Intel Clover Trail+ platform is at least on the same level as of its ARM-based rivals, whereas performance is generally higher.
Even though Intel’s x86 microprocessors are expected to have hard times winning designs with Google 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.
"Customers are selecting Intel technology because it offers the best balance of high performance, power efficiency and battery life. It is ultimately about the consumer experience, and we are confident people will be pleased with what Intel Inside has to offer," said Hermann Eul, Intel vice president and general manager of the company's mobile and communications group.
Samsung will start shipping Galaxy Tab 3 slates starting from June, 2013.