Report: Samsung Chooses Intel for Next Android Tablets

Unnamed sources have confirmed with Reuters that Samsung has decided to use Intel's 32 nm "Clover Trail+" Atom mobile chip for at least one version of its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. The company is also reportedly unveiling new ATIV tablets using Intel chips at a June 20 event in London. Currently it's unknown if the Clover Trail-based Galaxy Tab 3 will be showcased at the same event.

Reuters reports that it's currently unclear if South Korea-based Samsung plans to use Intel chips in other versions of the 10-inch Galaxy Tab, or if the company plans to use its own Exynos 5 chip. Both Intel and Samsung declined to comment on the report, Reuters said.

Intel introduced its line of Clover Trail Atom chips last fall, reporting that they are targeted at low-powered Windows 8 hybrid devices, or rather form factors that serve both as tablets and laptops. However the Clover Trail-powered Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will be playing host to Android instead, a trend that seems to be increasing in the second half of 2013.

PCWorld reports that last week two benchmarking sites posted test results of a Samsung tablet sporting an Intel Clover Trail chip and Android 4.2.2. This tablet was designated as the Santos 103 and with the product number GT-P5200. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 was dubbed as the GT-P5100 before it was released.

 According to the report, both benchmarking sites revealed that the tablet will have a 1280 x 800 resolution, and an Intel SoC running in the 800 MHz to 1.6 GHz range, which is within the specs of Intel's Atom Z2560 chip. This SoC, along with the Z2580 and Z2520, is optimized for Android, and Intel has developed new firmware, drivers and middleware to enhance Android power management and security.

"The processors include the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator for compelling and realistic 3D gaming experiences, 1080p HD video, and crystal-clear graphics. WUXGA 1920x1200 display support is ideal for the larger screens of tablets," Intel states (PDF).

This deal with Samsung should be welcome news for Intel who is struggling to enter smartphone and tablet markets that have adapted to ARM low-power systems. Even more, Intel is facing ARM in the server market as enterprises are looking for a greener future that will cut by using low-power, high performance solutions. However for now, Intel will have the upper hand in servers and data centers.

"With Atom, you don't have to change your existing infrastructure, your code, your software vendors and your middleware vendors," said Cody Acree, director of research at Williams Financial. "You can just use Intel and continue with your existing architecture."

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  • spp85
    Intel gave bribe money to Samsung for not choosing AMD APUs . AMDs Jaguar APUs is clearly superior in performance and power efficiency compared to any production Intel processor. This is injustice to the consumers.
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  • acerace
    Anonymous said:
    Intel gave bribe money to Samsung for not choosing AMD APUs . AMDs Jaguar APUs is clearly superior in performance and power efficiency compared to any production Intel processor. This is injustice to the consumers.


    This clearly makes you an AMD fanboy. Wake up, dear. Yes, the Jaguar is good, but if Samsung want to use Intel, let them be. Maybe they get better deal with Intel than AMD. It's business afterall.
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  • warmon6
    Anonymous said:
    Intel gave bribe money to Samsung for not choosing AMD APUs . AMDs Jaguar APUs is clearly superior in performance and power efficiency compared to any production Intel processor. This is injustice to the consumers.


    Perfomance? Yes, AMD APU is way better.

    Power? Definitely not compared to this particular atom.

    If you knew anything about the atom there using, you'll know that it design for mainly Smart Phones. Something the AMD (last i checked) is not targeting.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/atom-z2580-clover-trail-medfield,3446.html

    So using something that specifically design for a phone vs something that design for a beefier power tablet, the power requirements are not going to be the same.

    As for why Samsung chose the Atom over the APU, probably battery life or it may have something to do with that this atom works Android while the Jaguar APU (as far as I know) is only targeted at Windows X86 tablets. Thus, for Samsung, would not make any sense for them run a cpu that doesn't work for there needs.

    Now if someone actually finds some solid info that the AMD Jaguar is also meant to be used with the Andriod OS, then I'll removed the part above about "Jaguar APU is only targeted at Windows X86 tablets". Although this is the info i'm finding ATM.
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