By Alexandra Burlacu | May 31, 2013 01:19 PM EDT
In a quite unusual turn of events, Samsung is apparently preparing to launch a 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 with an Intel Clover Trail+ chip inside.
The unusual part is that Samsung makes its own chips and is widely seen as an Intel rival when it comes to Android mobile devices. Its Galaxy smartphones and tablets so far packed Samsung's own Exynos series of chips, but that may change.
A little over a week ago, we reported that some benchmark tests showed a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 with Intel inside. Now, Reuters has bolstered those claims with a report of its own, citing a "source with knowledge of the plans." This means a major victory for the U.S. chipmaker, as Intel is still struggling to become more relevant in the mobile market.
According to one of Reuter's sources, Samsung chose to use Intel's Clover Trail+ mobile chip for at least one version of its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. Samsung already uses Intel processors for its line of Microsoft Windows ATIV tablets, but that's a far smaller market compared to the popular Android devices.
Samsung will reportedly introduce new ATIV tablets with Intel chips at its "Premiere 2013" event in London on June 20, sources told Reuters, but it remains unclear at this point whether the company will unveil the new Galaxy Tab 3 at the same event.
As previously mentioned, Intel is still racing to find its footing in a mobile market that seemed reluctant at first to recognize and invest in the U.S. chipmaker. Supplying chips for such a heavyweight Android brand is definitely a major step forward for Intel, as the Galaxy brand is currently one of the world's favorites.
Samsung is the world's largest tablet manufacturer, trailing only Apple. It remains unclear, however, whether Samsung plans other versions of the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab with its own, or other companies' processors, or whether it would settle for just Intel chips.
VentureBeat was the first to report the use of an Intel Clover Trail+ chip in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and now Reuters bolsters that claim citing its own sources. While Intel is racing to adapt its powerful PC chips to work more efficiently and use less energy in mobile devices, so far it has only scored minor design wins, with only a few devices carrying its processors.
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