Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 hands-on: Intel inside

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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Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Dual-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 6800 mAh(40h 3G talk time)



1. wendygarett unregistered

Shut up and take my money

2. ihatesmartphone unregistered

shut up and don't take my money

12. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

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

3. lhtbinh1909

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

whoa look like the screen is floating over the bezel

4. MCrapp

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

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

5. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

nexus 10 samsunged

6. AkoSiMio

Posts: 9; Member since: May 24, 2013

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

7. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 2013

Is it me or does it not have speakers?

8. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

9. Qbancelli

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 11, 2010

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

10. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

11. taikucing unregistered

failaxy tab

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