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The latest Galaxy Tab 3 rumor reveals that Samsung might use an Intel processor to power the 10-inch version of the device.
This would mean that the company would replace the ARM chips it has used in the past for the Galaxy Tab line.
The Intel processor was discovered in new benchmark data from GFXBench. The board on the tablet is displayed as "clovertail," which is a codename for an Intel Atom Z2560 processor originally aimed at the smartphone market.
Samsung normally uses ARM processors, Qualcomm Snapdragon or its very own Exynos chips in most of its devices. The 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab 3 will be powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM chip.
If Samsung decided to go with the Intel chip for the tablet, it would be a significant breakthrough for Intel that has been struggling to break into the mobile device market. The company has been a leader in laptop and desktop CPUs for years. Intel currently produces chips for Windows 8 tablets, but they make up for a small percentage of the market.
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is now available on Adorama for $199.
The website listed the device earlier this week. This online post gives consumers the first real idea of what this new line of tablets will cost. The larger 8.0 and 10.0 versions are expected to retail for $300-$400. However, those prices will not be officially confirmed until those models launch later this year.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 earlier this month.
Specifications on the new tablet include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 7-inch display with 1024x600 resolution, Android 4.1, JellyBean, a 3-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, 3G+Wi-Fi connectivity, and a 4,000 mAh battery.