Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to Have Intel Atom SoC

Nvidia and Texas Instruments may have lost favor with Samsung, which is reportedly opting for the Intel Atom System on Chip for their next Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 tablet. Instead of the Tegra 2 and Cortex A9 SoC previously used in the Galaxy Tab and Tab 2, respectively, SamMobile has spotted clues that point to the Tab 3 as having a 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Atom Z2560 processor.

Some phones are already featuring an Intel designed SoC, such as the Orange San Diego and Motorola Razr i, which have already shown very impressive performance despite being equipped with a single core Atom. More details on the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 point to a resolution of 1280 x 800  (no full HD, unfortunately), while running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 on either the WiFi only (GT-P5200) or the WiFi+3G Model (GT-P5210).

If the specifications of this Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 are correct, along with those of its younger siblings, the Tab 3 8 and Tab 3 7, this trio of devices are not likely to do very well in the market. The sub-par specs are not enough to contend with the latest devices being released by competitors around the world, especially not considering how technology is becoming cheaper and faster over time. The company has also decided to use the recent Intel Atom processors, while they could have waited for Q3 of 2013, which will hopefully feature the Baytrail and Silvermont 22 nm quad-core versions with huge performance and efficiency improvements. Based on current speculations, would you consider spending your money on one of the upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 models?

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  • Alibaba88
    I for one certainly hope this rumor doesn't come to fruition, for Samsung's sake... As far as their mobile phones go, I absolutely love their Galaxy S line. From model to model, they seem to find great ways to stay innovative, offering up the latest technologies. But then there's these tablets of theirs... Guh. Can't say I'll bother considering these tablets when they consistently appear to lag behind their competitors. Give me a Full HD display at the very least, even though Google's Nexus 10 offers a crazy 2560×1600 resolution. But then again, maybe they'll have an attractive price tag :P.
  • guvnaguy
    I would consider it only if it's priced well-below $200. These specs are easily a year or more old already. If Samsung combined the potential performance and efficiency of the Baytrail/Silvermont SoCs with the high-res display tech already available in the iPad and Nexus 10, it could easily compete or surpass the competition.
    Sounds like Samsung is focusing on its phones and abandoning its tablets