In recent years Intel has pushed hard to roll its x86 processors onto mobile devices running both Windows and Android. Unfortunately, none of these attempts have exactly blown anyone's socks off – or if they have, they were just too limited in marketing to make any major impact.
What Intel needs is a tablet maker that will help them really stir things up with a high-profile, big-name device. That's exactly what they could be getting, as rumors suggest the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will ditch ARM technology in favor of an Intel Atom chip.
This isn't the first time we've heard about Samsung and Intel teaming up for an Android tablet. Earlier this month we reported on a GLBenchmark sighting for the GT-P5200, aka the Tab 3 10.1. Now a “source familiar with the matter” has confirmed to Venture Beat that the Tab 3 10.1 really will run on an Atom Clover Trail processor.
Outside of reporting that Samsung really is working on an Intel Android tablet, nothing else new was revealed by the source. Just remember that until Samsung gives us official word that an Intel-powered Tab 3 10.1 is in the works, you should take this latest confirmation with a grain of salt.
IF the rumors are real and the GLBenchmarks are correct, what can we expect from the tablet? For starters, it will have a 1.6GHz dual-core Atom Z2560 processor and 400MHz PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 GPU. The benchmark also indicates the display will have a resolution of 1280 x 800. As for the OS, it will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
A Samsung Android tablet with an Atom processor could certainly be a huge win for Intel, and perhaps the first sign that the chip-maker is ready to take on its ARM-based competitors in a big way. Here's to hoping we learn more about the Tab 3 10.1 at Computex, starting June 4th.
What do you think, would you buy a Samsung Android tablet running on an Intel processor?