Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) announced on Monday that an upcoming model of its top-tier Android tablets will be powered by Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) processors, says a report from Reuters. The news comes as a relief to the troubled chipmaker that has been struggling to gain market share in the expanding mobile market.
The electronics giant introduced two new tablets, an 8-inch tablet, and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch, on Monday based on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s chip. For its earlier best-selling mobile devices, the Korean company used the energy-efficient chips from the UK’s ARM Holdings.
Samsung told TechWeekEurope that Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) chip will help it in meeting the demand from carriers and consumers, and will also deliver a high-quality experience to users. Both the devices will run on Android 4.2.2 and will have Samsung’s latest suite of TouchWiz apps.
What’s new in Galaxy Tab 3
The new devices are expected to enhance viewing content in highly portable formats.
Describing the Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch, Samsung officials said it is designed “to be held in one hand” and that it was “the optimal device for viewing videos, playing enhanced games, and reading e-Books anytime, anywhere.”
The device has a ‘reading mode’ that makes reading over long periods comfortable. The new improved sound features inspired from the S4 mobile phone such as S Translator provides “instant translation through voice recognition and via text on applications including email, text message, and [Samsung’s chat service] ChatON”. It can also be used as a TV remote.
The 8-inch tablet runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and has a 5MP camera, 1.5GB of RAM and offers 1280 x 800 resolutions, or 189ppi. The 10.1-inch model also has a same resolution but with a lower pixel density of 149ppi.
The 10.1-inch model’s main attraction is that it can be used as a portable home entertainment. Also, the device will feature a “comprehensive suite of video, music and photo software” along with clear display.
The South Korean firm has still not revealed the prices or specific dates for the release. However, the company told that Galaxy Tab 3 Series will be available in the UK later this year in 4G LTE version, 3G version, and WiFi version.
From the specifications, one can make a guess that the devices will be competitively priced.