We know that the Galaxy Tab 2 will be shown off in a few days at the Mobile World Congress 2011 show but a new report says the sequel to the first iPad competitor will be a 10.1-inch tablet that’s rocking Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
According to Pocket-lint, the Samsung Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet will have a 10.1-inch screen and use the dual-core Qualcomm SnapDragon chipset that is supposed to be powering the just-announced HP TouchPad and which is also rumored to be inside the next Galaxy S.
The report also says that the Samsung Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet will rock an 8-megapixel camera and probably a front-facing one for video calls. This will be critical as the next iPad is expected to rock multiple cameras.
If the Samsung Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet comes true, it will be an interesting pivot for the company, as one of the main advantage of the 7-inch Tab was that it could fit in a suit pocket or a back pocket. When we were at CES 2011, I brought an iPad and a Tab and the Apple product wasn’t turned on once while the Tab was constantly being used from my suit jacket pocket.
Having 3.0 should also make a major difference, as this version of the little, green robot has been optimized for these larger form factors. In our hands-on time with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, we were impressed with how fluid and smooth it was and how much visual punch it packed.
The move also probably means that the original Galaxy Tab won’t be getting much in the way of software updates, as I’d expect it to not get anything more than 2.3 Gingerbread. With tablets like the Xoom coming out soon, it looks like Android 3.0 Honeycomb may be built for the larger screens, as I believe the 9-inch G Slate is the smallest display I’ve seen with the latest version.