A new generation of Samsung tablets will use Intel chips, it has been announced.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch and 10.1-inch models claim to deliver improved ways of viewing content in highly portable formats. Reuters said Samsung, despite not naming the chips to be used in its press release, confirmed it will use Intel processors, marking “a major victory for the US chipmaker, which is struggling to find its footing in the mobile market”.
Samsung has previously used chips designed with energy-efficient technology from the UK’s ARM Holdings for its best-selling mobile devices. Samsung said the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch was “Designed to be held in one hand” and that it was “the optimal device for viewing videos, playing enhanced games, and reading e-Books anytime, anywhere.”
It features a “reading mode” for comfortable reading over long periods, as well as implroved sound and features taken from the S4 mobile phone such as S Translator, “which provides instant translation through voice recognition and via text on applications including email, text message, and [Samsung’s chat service] ChatON”.
The tablet can also be used as a TV remote, while the 10.1-inch model claims to feature a “comprehensive suite of video, music and photo software, and coupled with the clarity of its display, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 takes centre stage for portable home entertainment”.
No prices or release dates have yet been announced but Samsung said the Galaxy Tab 3 Series will be available in the UK later this year. There will be a 4G LTE version, 3G version, and WiFi version. Both tablets, however, offer specifications likely to mean they will be competitively priced. The 8-inch uses a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP camera and 1.5GB of RAM, with the offering 1280 x 800 resolution, or 189ppi. The 10.1-inch model offers the same resolution, lowering the pixel density to 149ppi.