Monday, February 14, 2011

Honeycomb-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 on deck

While Samsung has yet to officially announce a follow-up to its seven-inch, Android 2.2-powered tablet from late last year, there's little doubt that the mobile giant will soon have a souped-up, Android 3.0 "Honeycomb"-powered sequel to show off.
Now comes word that a second-generation Samsung Galaxy Tab may take the spotlight Sunday, a day before the curtain rises on Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Pocket-lint claims to have the scoop on the new Tab, which (according to various unnamed sources) will arrive with a 10.1-inch display, an eight-megapixel camera, and a dual-core Qualcomm processor under the hood (pretty much de rigueur for the latest and greatest tablets and smartphones).

The revamped Tab will also boast Honeycomb, Google's tablet-focused version of the Android OS, says Pocket-lint. The current Tab runs on Android 2.2, an older version of Android that lacks Honeycomb's sleek new multitasking and notification features.

Pocket-lint's spies add that while the Tab 2's 10.1-inch display will dwarf the seven-inch screen on the current model, the new Tab will actually be "thinner and lighter" than the original—and indeed, the revamped Tab may end up being "physically smaller" than the first iPad, which has a 9.7-inch screen.

The original Galaxy Tab has only been on the market since November, and it marked the first major Android-based tablet to go on sale through a big U.S. carrier.

The Tab was joined last month by the Dell Streak 7, another seven-inch, Android 2.2-based tablet.

But both the Galaxy Tab and the Streak will soon face competition from such dual-core, Honeycomb-enabled competitors as the Motorola Xoom and the LG G-Slate, not to mention the widely-expected iPad 2.

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