May 21st, 2013


It’s been awhile since we heard some news regarding the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. The last time we saw the device it looked nearly ready for a launch, nicely tucked away in its official packaging. More recently, it popped up at the Bluetooth SIG, and now we’re seeing the device pop up in a series of benchmarks from both GFXBench and AnTuTu, suggesting Samsung could have delayed the device to equip the device with, oddly enough, Intel latest mobile processor.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 vs Nexus 10

While the Antutu bench didn’t really gives us much to go on other than the clockspeed (1.6GHz) and its performance — one of the highest scoring tablets to date — both benchmarking sites have the device listed as the GT-P5200, all but confirming a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 sequel (previous Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 had the model number GT-P5100). It wasn’t until this latest GFXBench that we learned this mysterious tab could now come with Intel’s new Clovertrail CPU inside, instead of Samsung’s own in-house Exynos.

This could be seen as a huge win for Intel who’s been struggling to break into the US market largely dominated by ARM-based chips from manufacturers like Qualcomm, Nvidia, Broadcom, etc.. With Intel hiring former Palm and Apple executive Mike Bell to head their new devices unit, it looks like we may be seeing a little more of Intel this year.

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