In a rumor bound to cause limitless rage in Galaxy Tab owners, PCMag is reporting that Honeycomb may require a dual processor device — at least to do a decent job of it. They say:
Google’s new Android Honeycomb tablet OS will require a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor to run properly, said Bobby Cha, managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert.
That means that many existing Android tablets will not be upgradeable to Honeycomb, as they lack the processor necessary to meet the spec. Currently, Nvidia’s Tegra 2 platform is the only chipset in products on the market to include a Cortex-A9, although other manufacturers have said they’re moving to the new processor architecture for 2011 products.
They also believe that a 1,280×720 screen will be required.
If true, this is a dark day for early adopters, who bought the Galaxy Tab hoping that the much hyped tablet compatibility of Honeycomb would add functionality to the device.
Do keep in mind that the money quote here is “run properly,” so a scaled down version might work on the older tablets.