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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