Chip fiddlers at analyst group UBM Tech Insights have discovered that the Samsung Wave S8500 phone sports the same ARM Core processor as Apple's iFad.
The processor in question is the 1GHz ARM Cortex A8. This core is based on ARM architecture and is aimed at low-power mobile gizmos that operate at less than 300mW.
"By investigating the Samsung S5PC110A01 application processor and comparing it to the A4 application processor found in the Apple iPad using our specialised lab techniques, we were able to confirm that, not only is Samsung the manufacturer of both application processors, but both application processors feature the same 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 core, manufactured using a 45-nanometer low-power fabrication process," said Young Choi, Senior Manager of the Technical Intelligence Group without taking a breath.
While Samsung is using the Cortex A8 in its Wave S8500, UBM Tech Insights analysts reckon Samsung will also use it in its upcoming Android-based Galaxy S smartphone.
It may also feature in Samsung's recently-announced Galaxy Tab, a tablet device that looks a remarkably like the iPad.