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KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung reportedly is looking to Intel to power its next-generation flagship tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.
That's according to Reuters, which has heard from a source "with knowledge of the plans" that Samsung has chosen Intel's Clover Trail+ chip for the yet unannounced and catchily named Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.
Reuters said the Clover Trail chip will feature in "at least one version" of the upcoming 10.1in tablet, suggesting that Samsung might also release a Qualcomm, Nvidia or Exynos powered version.
If true, this is great news for Intel, which has long struggled to break into the mobile market, despite having been approached by Apple to power the original iPhone. So far, Intel's mobile processors have featured in phones like the ZTE Geek and Motorola Razr I, devices that haven't exactly flown off the shelves.
This isn't all we suspect about Samsung's upcoming iPad challenger. Further speculation suggests that the device will run Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, which will come skinned in Samsung's Touchwiz user interface. There's also talk of 1280x800 screen resolution, and it's expected to feature the same plastic chassis as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
Reuters speculated that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy Tab 3.0 at its launch event on 20 June, along with a handful of Windows Ativ devices also having Intel processors.
Samsung said it does not comment on rumours. µ
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