Yesterday, we heard Samsung announce a couple new tablets, including the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. That version of the Tab 3 popped up on our radar the week prior when some rumors crossed our desk, suggesting that this device could mark the start of a new business relationship between Samsung and Intel, as rather than the standard Exynos or Snapdragon, the 10.1 was said to be powered by one of Intel’s SoCs. That would be very interesting if true, and signal a new, higher profile for Intel’s efforts to get its chips into Android devices. Problem was, when we finally got official word of the Tab 3 10.1, all we learned was that it would run a dual-core chip – no mention of which SoC in particular. That dual-core business had us optimistic that we could still be looking forward to an Intel chip, and sure enough that placement has now been confirmed, with Intel today announcing its silicon powering the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.
Specifically, the tablet is running an Intel Atom Z2560 Clover Trail+ chip – that’s the very same family we heard mentioned in last week’s rumor. It’s also worth noting that Intel is providing the wireless connectivity for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, with either one of its 3G or LTE modems keeping the tablet in touch with the rest of the world.
We wonder what this might mean for the future of Samsung and Intel. The most likely evolution of the relationship might lead to Samsung experimenting with Intel chips in additional tablets before branching out into smartphones – even then, we’re probably looking at more low-to-mid-range handsets. After all, while this is big progress for Intel, it’s got a long way to go before it’s making the chips of choice for flagship phones.