For some reason, Samsung played a bit coy when it announced a pair of new Galaxy Tab 3 models yesterday, and left out the long-rumored Intel chip powering the 10-inch version. This morning Intel let loose with a little PR of its own, finally verifying what Reuters tentatively confirmed: there's Intel inside. The 1.6Ghz dual-core processor powering the Android 4.2 tablet is part of Intel's Clover Trail+ line. With Samsung's massive market presence, the Tab 3 10.1 could easily become the best-selling Intel Android device yet.


Also inside the 3G HSPA+ and LTE versions of the 10-inch Tab 3 is an Intel radio, included in the Clover Trail+ system-on-a-chip. 3G models get the XMM 6262 radio, while the LTE models will pack an XMM 7160. The Z2560 is a dual-core chip clocked at 1.6Ghz, and includes the SGX 544MP2 GPU clocked at 400Mhz. Intel claims that the SoC provides double the performance and triple the graphical capabilities of earlier Atom-powered Android devices, with "competitive" battery life.

The 10-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is Samsung's first Intel-powered Android tablet. Both the 7-inch and 8-inch versions of the Galaxy Tab 3 will stick with Samsung-designed processors. The new Galaxy Tab 3 models are set to launch worldwide later this month.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Signaling the company’s continued momentum in the tablet market segment, Intel Corporation today announced that the new Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch is powered by the Intel® Atom™ Z2560 processor (“Clover Trail+”). Additionally, the new Samsung GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch tablet will come equipped with Intel’s XMM 6262 3G modem solution or Intel’s XMM 7160 4G LTE solution.

“Customers are selecting Intel technology because it offers the best balance of high performance, power efficiency and battery life,” said Hermann Eul, Intel vice president and general manager of the company’s Mobile and Communications Group. “It’s ultimately about the consumer experience, and we are confident people will be pleased with what Intel Inside®has to offer.”

Intel in Android-based Tablets

People expect more from their tablets, and the dual-core Intel Atom SoC ("Clover Trail+") platform for Android* tablets provides double the compute performance and 3x graphics capabilities with competitive battery life compared to the previous-generation Intel Atom processors platform. Intel Atom processors are designed and optimized for a lightning-fast applications experience, responsive Web browsing, stunning 3-D graphics, advanced camera capabilities and vivid HD video with energy efficiency for outstanding battery life.

The integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator provides compelling and realistic 3-D gaming experiences, 1080p HD video and crystal-clear graphics. Advanced camera features including face recognition, mobile HDR and panorama help users create like never before. Additionally, Clover Trail+ offers dual-core performance along with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, supporting four simultaneous application threads for smoother, seamless multitasking.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Sean Lumly

    It seems Samsung is really flailing its arms about searching for something that will help it sell tablets. I have an idea: how about great specs at a reasonable price?

    • disqus_is_good

      How many are buying great specced, very reasonably priced nexus 10?

      • Sean Lumly

        A fair point, though that's not quite an apples to apples comparison. Samsung has established considerably more marketing for their devices than Google and has far broader distribution. Of course, the specs of their current devices haven't exactly inspired the type of value that gets the tech industry excited, despite their marketing efforts.

        My larger point is this: Samsung clearly lacks a competitive high-end product in the tablet category. They are currently marketing rather forgettable mid-range devices under a high-end brand name. With a high-end flagship to complement mid-end devices, I'm guessing they would be more competitive.

        Tangential topic: I really like the direction that Samsung is taking for Windows tablets. I would love to see something similar for Android.

  • htowngtr

    I don't get why the low resolution then

    • km3k

      Typically, Intel Atom chips come with PowerVR chips that Intel
      rebrands as their own. They're really weak in performance. It looks like
      Clover Trail+ continues this trend. This will not be a good tablet for
      games. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom_%28system_on_chip%29

      don't count Atom out completely. The next generation Atoms, Bay Trail,
      will have real Intel graphics chips that should give much better

      • Adrian Meredith

        I believe this gpu is basically the same as the one in the ipad 2 with direct x support. Its no slouch but would probably struggle at 1080p hence the garbage screen.

        • Jonathan Franklin

          It's an SGX544mp2, architecturally the same as the ones in the ipad4 and exynos octa, only it's the dual core while octa uses the 544mp3 (3 core) and ipad 4 uses the mp4 (quad). It isn't a bad or weak gpu by mobile standards and would probably push 1080p just fine.

          Samsung cheaped out on the note 10.1 display and every other galaxy tab realistically, none of Samsungs tablets outside of the nexus 10 have a quality display. It's less of a decision based on the processor and more an arrogant money grab by Samsung. They have yet to put the kind of effort into tablets like they have with phones.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            hence why no one really digs samsungs tablets minus the nexus 10 -_- I honestly would only touch the nexus line up of tablets...other than that i wouldn't even bother with one

  • disqus_is_good

    Slowly Intel will lead the tablet market also.

    Already this year few android tablets are released based on atom.
    Intel will refresh the atom processors later this fall which will support 1440p displays and they will more power efficient than the current processors because of 22nm and new architecture.

    They will have huge advantage over ARM counterparts because full windows 8 support instead of RT.

    Qualcomm has zero presence on tablets while tegra 4 has great performance, it consumes more power to deliver that performance.

    Smartphone market is totally Qualcomm's and they have huge lead because of integrated LTE solution.

    • Floss

      At least on the Android side you are going to have a shit ton of complaining about why no games work on this tablet...

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        they'll just start playing wow and other "real" games on it :P

        • Floss

          Right...I can't tell whether you are trolling or serious. I said on Android, not on Windows.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            i was being serious..... I know android will have issues and people will complain but I am sure their complaining will end when they figure out they can play main stream games, instead of whatever birds and water slide or whatever it is called. Just saying ^^ I could dig some good RTS action or other mainstream games on the go than some of the "games" on android. It has gotten better over the years but it is still fairly a good waste of time.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      more interested in intel ulv tablets really. Those will actually finally bring powerful tablets at a reasonable size

  • MasterMuffin

    I for one welcome our new Overlord- I mean Intel. I hope it wins over nVidia's Tegra at least

    • Sean Royce


      • Jeremiah Rice

        Desktop thread.

        • Sean Royce


  • earth

    Multi boot Intel based tablets would get some Android users to also use Windows and allow Intel to dominate mobile again. I would like to multi boot into either, or even both simultaneously. My next tablet will probably be Windows-based that can be hacked to run Intel-based Android as well. Would like a convertible tablet/ultrabook hybrid that can multiboot and have 2.5" SSD. Would pay up to $1K for this.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      they are coming out and my opinion where the market will eventually go since android and iOS are so damn limited....they really make me feel like android is a really advanced phone/cheap game console...which it really is. It does nothing well but nothing terrible either...besides not being a productive device. I hate metro but at the same time i hate android because so many useless programs and lacks any advance abilities like the PC has.

      Feel free troll AP readers

  • simp1istic

    This is one really really ugly tablet. Samsung, stop.

    • Freak4Dell

      No kidding, but come on...did we seriously expect a mobile device that looks good to come out of Samsung's design labs?

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        considering no matter how it looks they still get sued :/

  • mrjayviper

    is this the start of "empire strikes back"? Intel certainly has the capacity to R&D it's way to the top just it did with the Core/Core2.

  • c a

    it looks like a stretched out galaxy s4 that is ugly

  • meeqo
  • vorameghana

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is a slim-trim tablet. It is made of plastic body, Android 4.2.2 aka Jelly Bean OS inside, quad core 1.5GHz Exynos Dual (4212) processor, Wi-Fi and digital compass, accelerometer, and gyroscope.http://www.techiecop.com/tablets/samsung-tablets/samsung-galaxy-tab-3.html