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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 hands-on: Intel inside

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 hands-on: Intel inside
Samsung's newly-announced Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch tablet reached our grubby mitts, and we are pretty curious to examine the first Intel Atom-based Android slate from Sammy.

This is still a non-final unit, though you can't really tell from the chassis build - it is very light at 510g, and thin, at sub-8mm, plus it is compact and feels quite sturdy. Though a 10-incher should be meant to be held in landscape mode, here the side bezel is thinner than the top, where the Samsung logo is, and the bottom, which houses a physical home key, as well as capacitive navigational buttons. These touch keys can be inadvertently pressed very easily when the tablet is held in portrait orientation, though the tablet includes a sensor to turn them off in that situation if you wish.

The screen, at 1280x800 pixels and 145ppi, is pretty basic for today's tablet standards, indicating that Samsung didn't want to throw the kitchen sink in its first experiment with Intel and Android. It displays decent colors and good viewing angles, though, so the only gripe is about the comparatively low resolution. Well, depending on the price, as if this thing lands at rock bottom, or complaining bets are off.

TouchWiz Nature UX is what is gracing the tablet, with some of the gestures and eye-tracking features like Smart Stay that debuted with the Galaxy S4, but not all of them.


Of course, the big story about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch is that Android here is powered by an Intel x86 processor, not the usual ARM clone. It is a 1.6 GHz dual-core Atom with the CloverTrail architecture and PowerVR SGX544 GPU, aided by 1 GB of RAM. We get a 3 MP camera on the back, plus a 1.3 MP front-facing shooter for video chat. The tablet comes with either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, and features a microSD for expansion, as well as a microSIM slot for some versions with cellular connectivity like our prototype.

Since the big story is the Intel processor, we ran Quadrant on the tablet, despite its non-final nature, and the results of 5K+ were pretty middle-of-the-road. We'll pass a final verdict when we get a retail unit for review, but for now it seems like a decent thin and light Android tablet, that doesn't feel underpowered in the interface, or while running apps.

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posted on 07 Jun 2013, 08:37 9

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Shut up and take my money

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 08:39 2

2. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


shut up and don't take my money

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 02:07

12. deacz (Posts: 156; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


It better be half the price of the Sony Z, because thats where the spec's are.
200-250 max

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 08:42 1

3. lhtbinh1909 (Posts: 58; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


whoa look like the screen is floating over the bezel

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 08:45 2

4. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Don't look bad!But price is the key!

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 08:59

5. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


nexus 10 samsunged

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 09:09 1

6. AkoSiMio (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 May 2013)


for me, bad design all over, from hardware to software... sorry but that's what i think

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 09:58 1

7. cR203 (Posts: 188; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


Is it me or does it not have speakers?

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 10:54 1

8. ianbbaa (Posts: 216; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Maybe not the CPU power itself, but RAM might be more important to ANDROID these days and 1GB only - with Touchwizz bloat, might be too low for smooth experience....(for people that do not want to "root" or do not know how to disable uneeded services.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 11:29

9. Qbancelli (Posts: 64; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


Love the design, except the phisycal buttons. Higher res and I will buy it.

posted on 07 Jun 2013, 11:44

10. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1040; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Either CloverTrail and PowerVR SGX545 GPU (Atom Z2760) or CloverTrail and PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU (Atom Z2560), please correct that and clarify.
It´s probably the second one, but just to be sure.

posted on 08 Jun 2013, 04:59

11. taikucing (unregistered)


failaxy tab

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