By Alexandra Burlacu | May 22, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
The buzz around Samsung Galaxy Tab 3are growing louder, and new benchmark test results indicate the device may sport an Intel Atom chip.
Two different benchmark sites indicate that Samsung is at least testing an Intel Atom chip for its next-generation Galaxy Tab. Considering the great popularity of Samsung's Galaxy brand, this could be Intel's largest mobile design achievement yet.
The GFXBench site collected user-submitted device performance test data from a benchmark app. The site shows a "Samsung Santos 103" tablet with the product code GT-P5200 running Android on an Intel CloverTrail chip. While this doesn't necessarily scream Galaxy Note 3, the various product details all hint toward Samsung's next-generation Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate.
The testing details claim the slate in question sports a 1,280 x 800 display and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The processor can reportedly run between 800MHz and 1.6GHz cycles and packs PowerVR 533 graphics. This falls in line with Intel Atom chips, potentially the newest, recently announced CloverTrail+. Based on the benchmarks, this device performs quite well.
SamMobile also reported recently on a different benchmark test of the purported Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 using the AnTuTu benchmark test. That test found the device got the highest score ever for an Android tablet in terms of overall performance.
A Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with Intel inside sounds intriguing, but why would Samsung do this? The South Korean tech giant makes its own chips for smartphones and tablets, so why pack an Intel chip in the third-generation Galaxy Tab? Samsung may be planning to keep its Exynos chip for its own handsets such as the new Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone because it sells more smartphones than tablets. The Galaxy tablets, meanwhile, would not face any drops in performance by using Intel's tech, at least not if these benchmarks are accurate.
If this rumor proves to be true and Intel's Atom will indeed power the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Intel may hit the jackpot in terms of mobile design. The company already powers some smartphones, but has yet to take over the U.S. market. A top-tier hardware partner such as Samsung would put great weight behind its efforts and could change the game.
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