Samsung Galaxy Tablet may run on Intel chip

The chip change on the Galaxy 10.1 would be a first for Samsung, which historically has used ARM processors for its Android tablets.

A first for Samsung: an Intel chip in one of its Android tablets.
A first for Samsung: an Intel chip in one of its Android tablets. Samsung

Samsung may do something it has never done: Put an Intel chip in a Galaxy Tab.

The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Android tablet is expected to sport a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CloverTrail+ chip, industry sources familiar with the product told CNET. The plus sign means the CloverTrial chip packs a high-performance PowerVR SGX544 MP2 graphic processing unit from Imagination Technologies.

Other specs include Android 4.2.2 and a 1,280 x 800 display.

Samsung is slated to reveal the Galaxy Tab at Computex, which starts June 4 in Taipei.

While Intel processors power a raft of Windows 8 tablets and convertibles, its chips rarely appear in Android tablets. One of the few exceptions has been the Asus FonePad .

Samsung uses both Intel Atom and Core processors in its Windows 8 tablets and convertibles, but historically has opted for ARM processors in Android tablets.

For example, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 uses a dual-core ARM chip.

Samsung declined to comment.

 

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