Samsung could be planning to follow-up its 7 inch Galaxy Tab 3 with a few larger models. We’ve already seen evidence suggesting an 8 inch version is in the works. Now it looks like there may also be a 10.1 inch model on the way — and it could be the first Galaxy tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor.

Samsung GT-P5200 benchmark results
Samsung GT-P5200 GLBenchmark results?

According to CNET’s sources, the upcoming tablet will have a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software, and a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Clover Trail+ processor.

CNET reports that Samsung will officially introduce the tablet at the Computex trade show in early June.

Meanwhile, GigaOm spotted a bit of evidence at the GLBenchmark website that backs up CNET’s sources. Someone’s apparently been running benchmarks on a tablet called the Samsung GT-P5200, and it features a 1.6 GHz x86 Clover Trail processor and 1280 x 800 display.

Clover Trail+ is also known as the Intel Atom Z2580.  It’s a dual-core, 32nm processor which supports hyperthreading and up to 2GB of RAM. The chip is designed for smartphones (and tablets apparently), and it should offer significantly better performance than the Intel Medfield chips it replaces.

But despite the “plus” in the name, this particular chip has lower CPU and graphics clock speeds than the Atom Z2760 Clover Trail chip found in Windows 8 tablet.

Either way, according to the available GLBenchmark results, it’s a reasonably fast chip by Android tablet standards.

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7 replies on “Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1) could sport an Intel Atom CPU”

  1. If Samsung manages to make those huge number of ARM-only Android apps run on the Atom, they may be able to sell them.

    However, I would not try to introduce the Atom under the Galaxy brand because if I fail, it tarnishes the brand badly.

    1. Shouldn’t be much of a issue, considering most of those Android apps will run on the ATOM SoC regardless!

      Google Officially Supports ATOM SoCs and most apps are hardware agnostic…

      While Samsung has more than a little experience with Imagination PowerVR GPU’s…

      1. “Most” is just not good enough if
        the most important applications will not work because they were
        hand-optimized or were not written in Java/Dalvik in the first place
        (like Skype & games)

        There are severe compatibility issues
        with the first Atom phones like the RAZR i
        on Android 4.1 ( like Chrome not
        even installing, BBC player crashing right after start..etc.

        Until a better experience is not proven by reviews, there is nobody in their right mind buying these phones. I certainly wouldn’t.

        1. Your link doesn’t work, besides… old news…

          Anything new is bound to have bugs but they work those bugs out over time!

          Also, as stated, the longer it’s around and the larger its market share grows then the more developers will optimize for it!

          So don’t be a early adopter, but don’t pretend it can’t happen!

          Besides, it’s getting wider adoption already… While we’re waiting on Samsung, Asus already released the latest Fonepad with a low end 1.2GHz, model Z2420, ATOM SoC and while its performance is pretty low… it has already been shown running a number of games!

  2. never go full tard
    when did android get compiled for x86 officially?

    Oh that would be never….ಠ_ಠ.

    1. Sorry, like Brad pointed out there has been official support for quite awhile now.

      Besides, most Android apps are hardware agnostic and Intel implements a binary translation layer to help minimize compatibility issues.

      Not to mention, people have been running Android on x86 for years even before Google officially supported it!

      There’s actually less than 10% compatibility issue, mostly because some apps like games are specifically optimized for the hardware.

      But you’d get that even among ARM SoCs because of all the different GPU’s and other hardware being used.

      While official support means the developers can easily include support for x86… So the more market share Intel gets, the more apps will be optimized for it…

      Samsung is also no stranger to Imagination PowerVR GPU’s and the present ATOM SoCs are using Imagination PowerVR GPU’s!

      The best performer being the Z2580, which is a dual core that can clock up to 2GHz and has a dual core SGX544MP2 clocked at 533MHz… normally a PowerVR GPU is clocked at 200MHz… So the Z2580 should provide both better CPU performance and better GPU performance than a Tegra 3.

      Though, they could go with a lower end ATOM SoC… the Z2420 for example is single core that clocks at just 1.2GHz and uses the now ancient PowerVR SGX540… The Asus latest Fonepad uses that one for comparison… While the Lenovo K900 uses the Z2580 and has just been released in China… Both running Android of course!

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