Leaked benchmarks suggest Intel could power Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

Intel(s intc) may be poised to get its silicon inside Samsung’s popular brand of Galaxy tablets based on online benchmark test results. The GFXBench site, which gathers user-submitted device performance test data from a benchmark app, shows a “Samsung Santos 103” tablet with the product designation GT-P5200 running Android(s goog) on an Intel Clovertrail chip. The various product designations all allude to Samsung’s third-generation Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate.

T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 10.1According to the testing details, the device in question uses a 1280 x 800 display and is running Android 4.2.2. The processor can run between 800 MHz and 1.6 GHz clock cycles and uses a PowerVR 533 for graphics, which fits the bill as an Intel Atom chip, possibly the newest CloverTrail+ that Intel recently announced.

So does this particular device perform? Based on the benchmarks: Quite good. Here’s a comparison of the graphics performance of the tested Galaxy Tab 3 and last year’s Galaxy Tab 2 model, for example.

Galaxy Tab 3 test

And SamMobile recently noted a different benchmark test of the Tab 3 using the Antutu test, finding that the device scored the highest ever for an Android tablet in terms of overall performance.

So why would Samsung, which makes it own chips for smartphones and tablets, consider an Intel inside its newest Galaxy Tab? Samsung could be keeping the Exynos for its own handsets, such as the new Galaxy S 4, because it sells more handsets than tablets. The company’s tablets wouldn’t like suffer any performance hit by using Intel’s silicon either; at least not if the early benchmarks are valid.

If Intel’s Atom does power the Galaxy Tab 3, it would be one of the biggest mobile design wins yet for Intel. The chipmaker does power a few smartphone products, but hasn’t yet cracked the U.S. market with a top-tier hardware partner such as Samsung.