Android device makers have traditionally stuck with ARM-based hardware, but that trend may be set to change. Samsung has announced its latest 10.1" tablet, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch, and surprisingly, the device features an Intel processor.
Intel posted a press announcement of its own this morning to say the Galaxy Tab 3 10-inch is powered by the Atom Z2560, a dual-core, quad-thread chip clocked at 1.6GHz and fabbed on a 32-nm process. Intel’s ARK database lists the Z2560’s launch date as "Q2’13," so this is a recent introduction.
The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch has a 1280×800 display resolution, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, either 16GB or 32GB of storage capacity, a microSD slot good for another 64GB of capacity, and two built-in cameras (a three-megapixel one at the rear and a 1.3-megapixel specimen at the front). Wi-Fi and LTE models are on offer, with the former weighing in at 510 g, or 1.12 lbs—pretty light for a 10" device. The 7.95-mm (0.31") thickness is definitely on the low side, as well.
Battery life figures are oddly absent from Samsung’s and Intel’s press releases. All Samsung says is that the tablet packs a 6800 mAh battery. Considering the kind of run times we got out of the Atom-powered Asus VivoTab Smart, though, I wouldn’t expect battery life to be substantially lower than ARM-based offerings—if at all.