Today The Verge reported a rumor that the Galaxy S III will be powered by a quad-core Exynos processor. That rumor throws the possibility of the same chipset being used in the next generation of Galaxy Tab tablets.
Let’s explore the processors used in the Galaxy Tab line of tablets with the processors used in the Galaxy S line of phones. The Galaxy S used a 1 GHz single-core processor made by Samsung that was named Hummingbird. The original Galaxy Tab used that same CPU. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 both use a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor. Some variations have slightly different clockspeeds. The Galaxy S II line used 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos processor. That same processor was used in the later second generation tablets like the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and Galaxy Note 10.1. I am currently unsure of the processor found in the Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1).
The processors have lines up pretty well in both Samsung’s tablet and phone line, with the exception of the Tegra 2 Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9. Because of this, it can be assumed that if the Galaxy S III has a quad-core Exynos processor, that the Galaxy Tab 3 will have a quad-core Exynos processor as well.