7-inch Android tablets is a peculiar segment right now. They’re all still running older versions of Android meant for smartphones, even if they’re brand new and were released months after the first Honeycomb tablets (e.g. the HTC Flyer). There have been speculations that Honeycomb requires 1280 x 800 screens, which would explain a lot of things: why the Acer Iconia A100 has been delayed, why the Flyer doesn’t have Honeycomb, and why Lenovo is working to fit 1280 x 800 pixels into a 7-inch tablet. The point is, we’re unlikely to see 7-inch Honeycomb tablets in the near future, and the latest news from Samsung is proof of just that: this fall, an updated version of the original Galaxy Tab will be released, and it will run Gingerbread.
HDblog has gotten their hands on the specs for this new tablet, and it seems to be a decent update from the original. The new Tab has a 1.2Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM, 2GB ROM, 16GB of user memory, a microSD slot and support for the new USB host adapter. In all fairness, Honeycomb hasn’t really gotten the best reception so far due to performance issues and it being a rather young OS, so it might work in the Tab’s favor that it runs Gingerbread. Honeycomb is likely to be unofficially available for it anyways, as is the custom with anything Android that has an army of clever hackers backing it up.[via Pocketables]