January 3, 2011 | by Michael Heller
PC Mag has reported that Android 2.4 (or 3.0, as if it matters) Honeycomb will require a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, so the NVIDIA Tegra 2 will be the only processor to meet that requirement at launch. This information comes from Bobby Cha, managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert, who has been working with both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Honeycomb may also require at least a 7-inch screen and a 1280×720 resolution, but that hasn’t been confirmed.
If this is true, it means is that all current tablets and smartphones, including the brand new Nexus S, or its tablet cousin the Galaxy Tab will be unable to run Honeycomb, as the highest chipset in an Android device has only the ARM Cortex-A8. It has been confirmed that the Motorola tablet that Andy Rubin famously unveiled will be the first device to market running Honeycomb. And, if the Tegra 2 is the minimum requirement, that means that the announced Notion Ink Adam, and LG Optimus 2X will both be able to run the OS, although we have to see how fast those manufacturers can bring the update.
Personally, I’m not sure I believe Mr. Cha. While I can understand making the minimum requirement if Honeycomb is a tablet-only OS, the general consensus is that Honeycomb will be made available to phones as well, and I don’t see Google leaving their newly anointed Nexus S out in the cold. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another report saying phones with solid GPU acceleration, like the Galaxy S extended family, will be able to run Honeycomb as well.
All signs point to a ton of Tegra 2 devices to be unveiled at CES, so those should all be able to run Honeycomb. What about this Galaxy Tab and Nexus S users? Anyone regretting either of those purchases?