Intel Atom processors

Samsung has struck a deal with Intel to use Atom processors in its Android Galaxy Tab tablets.

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will be powered by an Intel Atom Clover Trail+ processor. A source with knowledge of the firm's plan revealed the news to Reuters which called it a 'major victory' for the US tech giant. See also: Group test: what's the best cheap tablet PC?

The Clover Trail+ chip will be used in 'at least one version' of the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 which will compete with Apple's iPad, now on its fourth generation. It's unconfirmed but we could well see Atom chips in other Galaxy Tab models, too. Read Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to use Snapdragon 800 CPU, not Exynos 5

After all, there are Android tablets with an Intel Atom processor already on the market. The Asus Fonepad is just one example.

The source said Samsung will unveil new Ativ tablets running on Intel processors at its upcoming event on 20 June in London. However, they weren't sure if the Galaxy Tab with an Atom inside would be revealed there.

See also: Samsung introduces Galaxy Tab 3 with unimpressive specs.

Samsung has used Intel processors for previous Ativ tablet running on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. However, it has always used UK-based vendor ARM for its more popular Galaxy Tab range which runs Google's Android OS.

If this does turn out to be the case, it will be a significant win for Intel which has so far struggled to compete with ARM's dominance in the mobile market. Samsung is the biggest vendor of Android tablets in the world and has a market share of 18 percent, according to IDC.

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