The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1) is an Android tablet with a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, WiFi, Bluetooth, front and rear cameras, and up to 32GB of storage.

It’s also the first Android tablet from Samsung to feature an Intel processor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1)

Reuters had reported that Samsung’s new tablet had an Intel chip rather than an ARM-based processor, but now Intel has confirmed that there’s a low-power Intel Atom chip in the 10 inch tablet.

The Galaxy Tab 3 (10.1) features an Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ processor. Samsung will also offer models with 3G and 4G LTE connectivity, with Intel providing the modems for each.

Intel’s Z2560 chip is a 1.6 GHz dual-core processor with support for hyperthreading, which means it can handle up to 4 application threads at once. The 32nm chip also supports screen 1080p HD video playback, tablets with HD displays, and up to 2GB of RAM.

Since Samsung is using the chip in its latest budget 10 inch tablet, it’s also a safe bet that Intel’s Clover Trail+ chip is priced competitively with ARM-based processors.


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4 replies on “Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 10 inch tablet has Intel inside”

  1. With each generation you will get to see better compatibility level from Samsung. Therefore, you can rely on it completely.

  2. I wonder how the compatibility is with all Android apps in the Play store.

    1. A little over 90%… Basically, most apps just work because they’re hardware agnostic and it doesn’t matter what they’re running on.

      Only native apps that make direct use of the hardware need to be re-worked to work on x86, but Intel reduces that a bit with a Binary Translation layer that helps blur the lines between x86 and ARM… leaving less than 10% of apps, mostly games, that need to be re-worked or optimized for x86.

      Google officially supports Intel though and this will get the latest version of Android.

      While developers already have the tools they need to easily develop for either ARM or x86… Intel just needs more market to convince more developers to provide support but many can just provide support for both.

      Already, there are a number of apps that will work now that didn’t when they first introduced Medfield and so support is only getting better as time passes.

      Having Samsung produce a model may even be a turning point as they have more influence over the Android market than even Asus does, which is one of the few other companies coming out with Intel based Android devices… Like their latest 6″ Fonepad, etc.

    2. They are actually improving compatibility each generation. Games that did not work in first release devices work in second release ones and so on. They may never get 100%, but it should be a good enough bridge before its popular enough to get momentum on its own.

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