We've been able to speak so highly of Samsung lately, considering its timely source code releases and recent device updates, but now this happens. Rumor has it that Sammy has duped owners of the Galaxy Tab WiFi by replacing the CPU with an older version, which in turn required a downgraded graphics processor, too. This is, of course, in comparison to the 3G Galaxy Tab, which was released several months prior to the WiFi version.

The 3G Tab has a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor along side a PowerVR SGX 540 for graphics processing. According to a thread over at the XDA Forums, the WiFi Tab only has a 1GHz OMAP 3630 with a PowerVR SGX 530 handling the graphics. It's definitely worth noting that while the clock speed may be the same, any techie will tell you that architecture changes everything. Two different CPUs, both running at the same clock speed, can run vastly different from one another depending on the architecture. Naturally, the newer the chip, the newer the architecture, thus - the faster the chip (in theory of course).

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Sammy didn't stop there, either. According to its official website, the 3G Galaxy Tab is sporting Bluetooth 3.0, while the WiFi Tab only has Bluetooth 2.1.

I'm not sure why Samsung would do such a thing, but one can only speculate: money. Of course! The almighty dollar that rules us all. The Galaxy Tab WiFi needed hit a specific price point, but Sammy still had to gain profit. The solution? Downgrade components and don't tell anyone.

If this is true, and it appears to be so, then I take back all of the nice things that I've said about Samsung lately. Shame on you, Sammy. Shame on you.

Source: XDA via Engadget

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://trongnguyen.info Trong

    I wasn't paying attention to this but it's definitely possible. I was playing with a Tab at Best Buy just moments ago and it was significantly slower than usual. Notification bar was choppy to pull down, everything stuttered. I went through the running applications to see if anything weird was going on and ended a few apps to see if it helped but to no avail.

    • Eric97

      They don't have the wifi version available at best buy. It must have been a 3g version which does tend to chug along in stores...

      The device is still pretty snappy and still has the gps so it works for my purposes (music player/gps for the car)

    • b1ll

      I played with one at Best Buy as well, and it was so slow that it immediately turned me off the Tab. Demo Android devices manage to run themselves down into the ground across the board - phones, tablets, anything. Don't know what Best Buy feeds them but it ain't working.

  • Randy

    Bad! Bad!
    Sammy is milking as much as they can before their new tablet hits the market!

  • Simon Belmont

    This is pretty lame. Dumbing down CPU/GPU/Bluetooth to save a few bucks.

    But that is what is important right? The almight dollar.

  • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

    Another fine iPad/iPhone/iOS killer comes to market. Apple quakes in the wake of the Galaxy Tab Wifi.

  • jurrabi

    Good I never said anything good about them...


    • Sasha

      Same here. I had their DVD player that wouldn't play half of DVDs, phone that would randomly stop charging while plugged in and a LCD TV that developed weird dark splotches.

  • pepor

    They're doing that all the time. The I9003 Galaxy SL (the one without the SuperAMOLED display) has completely different internals, too. On the other hand - apart from GPU speed (an audio quality, sadly - the amazing WM8994 Codecs is gone as well) there shouldn't be any noticeable differences. The CPUs are almost identical. An they never listed the CPU not GPU in the spec sheet, so they're not cheating either. They're not even promising better hardware than they sell.

    It's the same with every other recent Samsung handset - the Galaxy S II has Samsungs own Exynos SoC or Tegra2. The Nexus S is either a redesigned Galaxy S or a Galaxy SL (in Germany, for example - see above for differences). I believe that it's less about profits and more about availability. That's the stated reason for the Tegra2-based Galaxy S II, and I guess the situation is similar with Hummingbird.

    Other manufacturers do exactly the same, by the way.