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Samsung Dishes Up Two New Galaxy Tablets, Including One With Intel Inside


Continuing its rapid-fire pace of product introductions, Samsung on Monday announced new versions of its eight-inch and 10-inch Galaxy Tab Android tablets.

The move brings those two sizes into the Galaxy Tab 3 series, joining the previously announced seven-inch Galaxy Tab 3. Samsung plans to announce more Android-based Galaxy products at a June 20 event.

Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the new tablets is what’s under the hood in the 10-inch model — an Intel chip, rather than the usual ARM-based processor. It’s the Intel Atom chip using the Clovertrail+ architecture that was announced back at Mobile World Congress.

The tablets will be available globally starting in June, Samsung said.

Intel has been touting the suitability of its chips for Android phones and tablets, but has struggled to get many design wins. Most devices use rival chips from Qualcomm and Nvidia, while Samsung also has its own line of Exynos processors that have made their way into many Galaxy products.

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