Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Series Expands With Intel-Based 10.1 Inch Tablet

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Samsung confirms that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will have an Intel Atom processor

Samsung has announced two new tablets in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 range, including an eight inch model and a 10.1-inch version that is the first tablet from the company to have an Intel-based chip.

The Korean manufacturer has confirmed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will use Intel Atom-based architecture, as suggested by Benchmark tests in the lead up to the announcement, which claimed the tablet would be powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Clovertrail processor.

The company told TechWeekEurope the decision to use Intel was so that it could continue to meet demand from carriers and consumers and so it could continue to deliver a high-quality experience for customers. The device runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has 3 megapixel and 1.3 megapixel rear and front cameras, and 1GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series

GALAXY Tab 3 8.0 (1)Intel appears to have scored a major coup by securing a high-profile tablet partner, given its previous struggles in entering a market dominated by ARM-based chips from the likes of Qualcomm and Nvidia.

Intel dominates the server and PC markets, which both generate significant revenues. But the former is stagnating and the latter is contracting, forcing the chip-manufacturer to look towards mobile as a vehicle for growth.

Samsung has also announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8, which is designed to be held in one hand, and is being billed as a media-focused tablet. It boasts “reading mode” technology to boost its e-reader credentials, as well as a range of Samsung and Google applications.

It uses a slightly weaker 1.5GHz dual core processor, but has a superior 5 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera and 1.5GB of RAM

Both tablets will be available with 16GB or 32GB of internal memory that can be supplemented by up to 64GB through a MicroSD card slot and will be available in 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi variants. Samsung has not revealed which will be available in the UK and when they might be released.

Samsung detailed the first Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 device earlier this year, a seven-inch Android tablet released last month, and last week announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone.

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