Samsung Inc's upcoming Android tablet, Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, will be powered by Intel's processor, said a new report.
New agency Reuters, citing a source having knowledge of the development, said Samsung has chosen Intel's Clover Trail+ mobile chip for Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 which is expected to debut on 20 June. The event to be held in London would also see the debut of Samsung's Microsoft Windows ATIV tablets which employs Intel chips, said the source.
Both Samsung and the chipmaker Intel are yet to make any announcement on the same. If the latest news rings true, it would be a great breakthrough for US-based Intel, which has been facing major challenges in the mobile market ever since Apple introduced its revolutionary iPhone and iPad devices.
With the launch of the Intel-based Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, the chipmaker views it as an opportunity to gain a strong foothold in a segment beyond PCs.
Speaking of its design, Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64 told CNET, "[Intel's] Clover Trail+ delivers competitive performance and battery life with Qualcomm and Nvidia ARM chips."
"It's the first [version] of Atom that can support both Android and Windows 8. In the past, Intel's platforms for Windows 8 differed from their platforms for Android. So, it would be possible for Samsung to build a Galaxy Tab that is physically the same hardware [as an Android product] and use it for a Windows 8 version," he added.
According to earlier reports, the upcoming Galaxy Tab will feature a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution display and run on Android 4.2.2 operating system.