Intel’s struggle to make a mark in the mobile chipset market is well-known, but all that could change with news that the chip-maker has now struck a deal with smartphone market leader Samsung.

Last week, we reported on benchmark tests showing a Samsung tablet powered by an Intel Clover Trail processor. And now a source familiar with the tablet project has told VentureBeat that Samsung has indeed chosen to go with Intel instead of using their own Exynos mobile processor or any other competing ARM-based chip.

The earlier benchmark scores revealed that the tab will be using the Intel Atom Z2560 processor clocked in at 1.6GHz with hyper-threading. A PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 graphics processor with a clock speed of 400MHz was also revealed through the benchmarks, while the display was shown to have a resolution of 1280×800. The tablet will most likely be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Expected very soon

The next-gen 10-inch tablet could feature an Intel processor

This could be a big boost for Intel and the company's plans to take their mobile processor business to newer heights. It could also pave the way for Intel with other OEMs, if the chipset used makes a good impression in terms of performance and power management. If such a tablet is in the works, it would be the first time that Samsung has gone with an Intel chip for a mobile device. The inclusion of the chip in an Android tablet could be a part of a larger deal for Samsung with Intel for Windows 8 tablets and touchscreen PCs.

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