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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 to Have Intel Atom SoC

By - Source: Tech Radar | B 13 comments

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch version could be fitted with an old dual-core Atom Z2560 instead of ARM designs.

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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    kartu , May 24, 2013 7:51 AM
    AMD Kabini please!!!
    http://anandtech.com/show/6974/amd-kabini-review/3
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    Alibaba88 , May 24, 2013 8:03 AM
    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 .
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    guvnaguy , May 24, 2013 8:07 AM
    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
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    guvnaguy , May 24, 2013 8:19 AM
    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
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    Parsian , May 24, 2013 8:58 AM
    Use the new AMD mobile chip
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    southernshark , May 24, 2013 9:01 AM
    No I would not buy it. LOL what a stupid question. Ask the same question on Yahoo Answers and you might get a different response.
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    Achoo22 , May 24, 2013 9:28 AM
    Let's wait for hardware to be released before we pass judgment. That said, a 720p display is plenty for me on a 7" tablet. Smudge marks and such from the rudimentary touch-screen inputs that are so popular these days are a far bigger turn-off.
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    ojas , May 24, 2013 10:08 AM
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    AMD Kabini please!!!
    http://anandtech.com/show/6974/amd-kabini-review/3


    Yeah because 15w in a tablet is cool and all.
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    cknobman , May 24, 2013 10:46 AM
    AMD Kabini and a 1080p IPS panel.
    Make it under $400 and you could have my money.
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    r3dl1n3 , May 24, 2013 2:12 PM
    Not unless I could install windows 8 on it.. then I might consider it..
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    Cy-Kill , May 25, 2013 12:18 PM
    I'm getting the SGT3 7" for free through a promotion with my bank, at least I'll have a tablet to go along with my smartphone, laptop, and desktop.
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    Someone Somewhere , May 25, 2013 7:12 PM
    Samsung makes their own chips too. Why wouldn't they put an Exynos in it?
    Main reason they've used third party chips is they didn't have their own LTE chips, isn't it?
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    Uzin , May 27, 2013 4:17 AM
    As the rumors are, Tab 3 will be very close to Tab 2 in terms of Hardware with only exception being, thinner and lighter.... Get to know some crystal clear facts on Galaxy Tab 2 at http://www.brandcollage.com/faceoff/apple-ipad-mini-vs-samsung-galaxy-tab2/