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As well as a minimum of 1280 x 720 screen resolution

If the latest news about Google's Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" OS is accurate, it might render Android tablets currently on the market -- like Samsung's Galaxy Tab -- obsolete.

PCMag is reporting that the tablet-centric mobile OS may require baseline specs to run properly. Of these, at least a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor is required, along with a 1280 x 720 minimum screen resolution. 

The source of the information is Bobby Cha, managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert. His company is currently developing devices both for Froyo/Gingerbread and Honeycomb, because it appears that Google is following two "parallel software paths for tablets." Devices equipped with Cortex A8 processors with lower resolutions, like the Galaxy Tab, will continue to run Froyo/Gingerbread, while devices that meet the newer hardware specs will run Honeycomb. 

Cha confirmed that the Motorola tablet that was seen running a prototype of Honeycomb would be the first Gingerbread device on the market.

Cha also confirmed that Honeycomb tablets would not require a 10-inch screen, and that there would be 7-inch tablets running the new OS.

But while Honeycomb would be exclusive to high-end tablets at first, that doesn't mean it won't find its way down the ladder as hardware prices drop.

"You're going to see price erosion on many of the components in tablets right now," Cha told PCMag. "Folks like Samsung, the industry heavyweights, are going to add pressure to the component guys to lower their costs. A tablet is still kind of an expensive toy."

Cha also noted that Honeycomb would be ready for manufacturers "towards the end of January."

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Really? Nobody?
By n0b0dykn0ws on 1/4/2011 11:26:51 AM , Rating: 5
Honeycomb's big, yeah yeah yeah. It's not small, no no no.

RE: Really? Nobody?
By JediJeb on 1/4/2011 1:54:27 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like there are two of us here who grew up in the 70s-80s. Wonder if anyone else will get the reference.

RE: Really? Nobody?
By brshoemak on 1/4/2011 11:25:57 PM , Rating: 3
Uh yeah, who could forget those commercials:


Kung Fu Dude

Andre the Giant (say whaaat?!)

There you go. Now where did I put my Shrinky Dinks and Spirograph?

Same Rumor, different month
By DanNeely on 1/4/2011 8:39:40 AM , Rating: 3
Much higher hardware reqs for android 3.0, and forking development so that 2.x is still maintained for legacy/entry level devices has been alleged by everyone and their dog since last summer.

RE: Same Rumor, different month
By psaus42 on 1/4/2011 10:17:53 AM , Rating: 3
Agreed. But news is always ridiculously slow on the days before CES... At least DT found something to report and it not be complete trash. :-P

RE: Same Rumor, different month
By bfellow on 1/4/2011 11:10:40 AM , Rating: 2
That's like saying Apple is coming up with another phone/tablet... in the future.

By bug77 on 1/4/2011 7:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
Honeycomb may require a lot of things. But I'm not aware of any feature that will definitely be included. There's a new UI coming, but no one knows what it looks like.

By bongsi21 on 1/5/2011 8:31:20 PM , Rating: 2
We love NEW UPDATES and TWEAKS but we need STANDARDS!!!!!!.

Look at the success of APPLE IPHONE same platform, same specs of hardware. Ex. Success of GALAXY S even XBOX 360 etc.

Example of failures such as the crumbling PC Gaming industry.
Too much focus on graphics yet they forgot the plot of the game itself.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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