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Does the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 tablet have a faster processor than Galaxy Tab 2?

Samsung may have switched allegiance by choosing Marvell and its PXA986 instead of the TI OMAP4430 model for the system-on-chip that powers the just-released Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 tablet.

As reported by Dutch tech website Techtastic, benchmarks published by GLBenchmark shows that the SoC in the new tablet has two cores clocked at 1.2GHz and a Vivante GC1000, a GPU we first came across a few years ago when we spotted it in the Rockchip RK2918.

The performance difference between the two platfoms is surprising as the Galaxy Tab 2 was no slouch per se. The new tablet, which carries the device number SM-T211, is between 30 per cent and 110 per cent more powerful than its predecessor depending on the benchmark being used.

We noted that the differences between the Galaxy Tab 2 and the Galaxy Tab 3 were few and minor. But the current benchmark results change that assessment significantly.

Still it would be interesting to see how much the new tablet costs and whether it will be good enough to fend off the likes of the Google Nexus 7 or the Acer Iconia Tab B1. Check out the review of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 here.