Samsung to use Intel processor in new Android tablet

“Samsung Electronics has chosen an Intel Corp processor to power a new version of one of its top-tier Android tablets, a source with knowledge of the plans told Reuters, in a major victory for the U.S. chipmaker, which is struggling to find its footing in the mobile market,” Noel Randewich reports for Reuters.

“Samsung has chosen Intel’s Clover Trail+ mobile chip for at least one version of its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, which competes with Apple Inc’s iPad, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the specifications have not been announced,” Randewich reports. “Samsung has previously used chips designed with energy-efficient technology from the UK’s ARM Holdings for its best-selling mobile devices.”

Randewich reports, “It was unclear whether the Samsung, the world’s largest manufacturer of tablets after Apple, plans other versions of the 10-inch Galaxy Tab carrying its own, or other companies’, processors.”

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  1. “Samsung, the world’s largest manufacturer of tablets after Apple…”

    Why not just call them the world’s number 2 tablet manufacturer? That would be more straightforward.

  2. This should prove very interesting.

    Apple’s shift from 68000 to PPC had issues even though Apple was an integral member of the AIM (Apple, IBM, Motorola) group and both IBM and Motorola worked very closely with Apple on it. And still, it wasn’t until the 603e variant that the three got it right.

    When Apple did the shift from PPC to Intel Apple had already been running the Mac OS (from System 7 through OS 9.x) and Mac OS X on Intel in the lab for about a decade (remember the Star Trek project?).

    The counter example is Microsoft’s Windows 8 on ARM. Not a shining example of a processor move with an OS.

    You don’t make the jump from one processor to another with an OS without a lot of support and coordination. Unless Google is very, very heavily investing in this move to Intel from ARM, this is not going to be a pretty picture.

    1. Since Android 4 Google officially accepts only precompiled Java byte code.

      This makes Android software way slower and power hungry than iOS’, but this enables CPU-independence. So if Samsung switch to Intel on certain of its products, it will only affect users which would want to use software that is not officially done according to Google guidelines. (To be fair, there are a lot of of such software; though most of popular application are done correctly.)

  3. From the articles I’ve read, you’d think Intel was leapfrogging ARM in chips for mobile. This is one bone thrown to Intel by Samsung and I don’t think Android will run on 86 processors. It will be a WinTab.

  4. “Samsung has chosen Intel’s Clover Trail+ mobile chip for at least one version of its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, which competes with Apple Inc’s iPad.”
    It is marketed against the iPad- it does not compete with the iPad on it’s best day.

  5. This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because Samsung actually manufactures chips. I don’t see how it would be cost effective.

    Unless, of course, Samsung has some sort of perverse, underhanded strategy. I’m thinking they’ll make the thing so bad in terms of power efficiency, battery life and heat dissipation that it’ll scare off other OEMs from trying the Intel chips, thus preserving its large market share of mobile chip tabbing.

    But that’s just me, Intel. You go ahead and deal with the business equivalent of Satan if you like.

  6. Google and Intel have had a joint android venture project for over two years. There are several atom product in production that run android in the phone space. Intel offers an extensive SDK and took kit for developing android on x86 and I think they also have some kind of runtime translator.

    Most likely Samsung wants to use their fab process for higher margin parts they are selling to Apple as a reason why they chose an intel based part vs making their own.

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