Samsung and Intel have signed up a deal where at least one Galaxy Tab Android device will be powered by the Clover Trail+ chip. First fruit of this unusual partnership is about to be unveiled in mere three weeks from now – on June 20, during the Samsung’s Galaxy/ATIV event. Sources of these news are known to Reuters, but are apparently coming from both of the companies as well.
Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 could be the company’s next Android flagship tablet, and Intel’s silicon could be found inside. “This is a win-win deal for both sides. Intel, which is trying to cut its heavy reliance on PC business, offered better pricing for Samsung that is shifting its focus toward tablets following its huge success in smartphones,”
said someone from the Samsung research staff to The Korea Times. It is already known that Samsung is having some trouble
with the production yields of their own Exynos SoC line, leading to the situation where Qualcomm is on 90% of all the shipped Galaxy S4 units.
Samsung’s tablet penetration is not notoriously fast, but it is more than steady. Regardless, the company wants to ship around 33 million of Galaxy Tab units in this year (practically doubling this business segment compared to the previous year) and they will need help of the other component manufacturers in order to achieve this. According to the IDC, Samsung holds around 18% of the tablet market share.
All this, naturally, does not mean that the Korean behemoth will stop producing their own chip (Exynos) line or stop getting components from others (predominantly Qualcomm) – but it does bear significance for Intel, and their attempts to make more than a blip in the mobile segment. Intel’s new CEO
, Brian Krzanich has already noted that he wants the company to expand more aggressively to the mobile. While it will be difficult for Intel to break the ARM dominance of the market, this could prove to be the right choice for the company in the long-term. “Intel is strongly requesting Samsung and LG Electronics to use our processors for their smart devices and I can say the chances are very high,”
said Lee Hee-sung, the country manager at Intel Korea while adding that “The smartphone market will expand in a steady manner. Intel has more chances to grow our processor business as manufacturers are reviewing the possibility of using different chips from different sourcing channels in order to lower risks in sourcing.”
Intel´s Clover Trail+ line has three variants ranging from 1.2GHz to 2.0Ghz dual-core solutions, and all of them are paired with the PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 graphics core.
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