As Asus basked in the spotlight of Computex, Samsung cheekily has announced the Galaxy Tab 3 in its 10.1 and 8-inch avatars. On the face of it specs are not ground breaking, but if one goes through the spec sheet of the 10.1 model one notices a dual-core 1.6GHz processor bereft of its make. If one remembers that there were rumors that Intel s CloverTrail+ CPU would power the next generation of the Galaxy Tab and it just happens that the Intel Atom Z2560 chip is a dual-core chipset clocked at 1.6GHz, so we are leaning to believe that the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 uses the very same chipset. The Galaxy Tab 3 8 on the other hand has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, which probably is not made by Intel and is likely based on ARM architecture. Also Read - Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 to feature an Intel Clover Trail+ processor: ReportAlso Read - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 benchmarks leaked online, features an Intel Atom Z2560 CPU
Other than this, both the tablets are traditionally Samsung. The 10.1 model has a display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, it has a 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera and is available in 32GB and 16GB variants, and the memory can be expanded further via the microSD card slot. It also has 1GB of RAM and an 6,800 mAh battery and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Samsung has really slimmed it down at 7.95 mm, and it weighs only 510 grams. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 specifications leaked online, expecting a May release
The Galaxy Tab 3 8, is even slimmer at 7.4mm and weighs just 314 grams. It also has a 1280×800 pixel display but at 8-inches it has a higher PPI than the 10.1-inch model. It has a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. It also has 1.5GB of RAM and a microSD card slot supporting expansion by a further 64GB. Battery wise, there is an 4,450 mAh battery. Like the 10.1-inch model it runs on Android 4.2.
Samsung says, both the tablets will be offered in Wi-Fi only, and 3G and LTE (dependent on markets) enabled versions. Both the tablets will be shipping globally by the beginning of June.
The presence of Intel’s chip in Samsung’s tablet is perhaps the bigger story out here. While the tablets on their own don’t really stand out in terms of specs, it seems like Intel is making headway in the mobile market with its new Atom chips. Only earlier in the day we saw Asus announce multiple tablets that were powered by Intel silicon including the MeMo Pad 10 FHD that uses the same Intel Atom Z2560 chipset.