Samsung chooses Intel to power Galaxy Tab 3 model

Samsung chooses Intel to power Galaxy Tab 3 model

Summary: Can Intel's deal with Samsung improve the chipmaker's long-term prospects?

TOPICS: Intel, Samsung, ARM
GALAXY Tab 3 10.1-inch (4)

Stealing custom from ARM, Intel has secured a contract to power one of Samsung's new tablet products.

Announced on Monday, Samsung revealed two new products for its tablet line -- the 8-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3, possibly designed to try and claw back marketshare from Google and Apple which have produced the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini tablet computers.

The 8-inch model features a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a 1280 x 800-pixel HD screen and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet also sports two cameras, 1.5GB RAM, and is available with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

The 10-1-inch model also contains the same features, but according to Reuters, the larger tablet is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel dual-core processor provided by Intel.

The U.S. chipmaker has struggled in the mobile market, but an agreement with Samsung is likely to boost the company's prospects and is expected to pave the way for Intel to expand its presence in the mobile device market. However, moving into the Android market will require vast time and resources, which may explain reports that the number of chip engineers based at Intel Korea has risen from six last year to over 50.

A Samsung researcher told The Korean Times :

"This is a win-win deal for both sides. Intel, which is trying to cut its heavy reliance on PC business, offered better pricing for Samsung that is shifting its focus toward tablets following its huge success in smartphones. Samsung wants to secure as many processors as possible at better pricing.

That's why Samsung Electronics has recently been diversifying its procurement channel in processor chips as a strategy to stabilize production yields of its in-house Exynos-branded processors."

In Q1 2013, Intel's financial results were hurt by the slumping PC market, and the firm reported gross margins of 56 percent, which were below expectations of 57.9 percent. This year, Intel projects low single digit percentage sales growth, but with the introduction of mobile-based chips and the deal with Samsung, the chipmaker may be able to improve its long-term prospects.

ARM, known for its energy-efficient technology, is by Samsung to extend the battery life of its Galaxy Tab series as well as the Samsung Chromebook. At this year's Computex conference, the company announced a new series of chips designed for mid-range smartphones, including the Mali-V500 which is designed to prevent the copying and distribution of video through mobile device streaming.

The chipmaker has also invested in mobile security and ecommerce; establishing a joint venture with Germalto last year to create mobile security solutions for corporations.

Topics: Intel, Samsung, ARM

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  • Proofreading!

    I don't usually complain about these things, but this article needed some serious proofreading before posting:

    "Stealing custom from ARM..."

    "...a 1.6 GHz Intel dual-core processor provided by Intel."

    "ARM, known for its energy-efficient technology, is by Samsung to extend the battery..."
    • The first...

      one is correct, they are stealing custom from ARM - ARM won't be getting as big a royalty cheque as they used to get.

      The other two are definite cases of a lack of proof reading.
  • It was quite hot in the UK yesterday

    Wondering if Charlie is suffering from Heat Stroke.
    Her article on cNet wasn't very coherent either.
  • Bonkers

    I don't doubt the origins of the story, but Samsung putting a dual core Intel in the Galaxy range ?


    Why would you upset your previous hardware designs with this, and the CPY which you make - unless Intel are literally giving them away to gain some market share.
    • Windows 8

      They are making Windows 8 tablets in the same form factor, it could be that the simplified production (making one unit, just putting a different OS on it at the end of the line) is cheaper and more efficient than designing (R&D costs) and manufacturing (components and tooling) 2 totally different devices.
      • Hmmn

        Or allowing dual booting to windows and Android?
    • It has only begun...

      Samsung is the first but more will follow. Most avg consumers won't care whether it's arm or intel anyhow. Arm had the upper hand early on by Intel's design prowess and manufacturing processes are unrivaled.
  • Color me

    disappointed for the lack of update to the screen resolution. I don't see any reason to upgrade my current Galaxy Tab 10.1 (first generation) - which I would like to do.
    • Agreed

      I have the 7 and 10.1 tab 2's. Absolutely nothing here to warrant upgrading them to the tab 3's.
      As they are running cyanogenmod 10.1 they undoubtedly run better that the touchwiz tab 3 variants anyway.
  • Speaks much of Samsung's own processor efforts

    It seems Samsung are already not overly confident in their own CPU designs, or production yields. This stuff is not easy and doesn't work by just copying it...

    But is this really confirmed? The article talks about an Intel CPU in the Samsung slate as something which is suspected...

    Finally, if Samsung are able to buy Intel CPUs cheaper than they can stamp their very own CPUs in their very own fabs speaks volumes... Or.. can this be the result of some cash changing hands? :)
    • Yep

      reply to the second question, @intel tweeted a link to this article :)
      Matthew Thepc
    • Ehhh

      "This stuff is not easy and doesn't work by just copying it..."

      Right, because anything that Samsung makes is "copied." I'm sure Intel didn't go through the trouble to sell their processors to Samsung at or below cost to secure a long-term customer. No way on Earth that could possibly be the reason!

      Seriously? What're they teaching kids in school these days?
  • Thin Bezel 8"

    LOL...thin bezel 8", ring any bell, people? After iPad 5 with same form factor as iPad Mini, 10.1" Galaxy Tab will have thin bezel as well...It's Samsung, no surprise.
    Cun Con
    • Forget Redmond...

      the new joke is now "Seoul, power up your copying machines."
    • Except

      that my first generation Galaxy Tab 10.1 (2011) has a thin bezel; this is nothing new.
    • rubbish.

      If that were true they'd all be baking 4:3 tablets instead of widescreen.

      In addition every court other than the US has said that either the tab 10 didn't infringe or that Apple doesn't have the rights to a rectangle with rounded corners due to prior art and an overly broad registration.

      Samsungs first android phones may have slightly resembled giant iphones, but nothing after them does. (show me the iphone that looks anything like an S3/S4 or Note2.)

      but hey.. haters will hate right?
  • Galaxy Chromebook, anyone?

    I would like to think that this would mean that Samsung would venture into the Android/Chromebook territory, but maybe I'm "jumping the shark".
    Richard Estes
  • So the battery life is going from crappy to not usable at all???

    Intel chips are power hungry. Even the most efficient one is still light years away from an ARM chip. This is just going to make the tablet less desirable than it already is.