Rumor: Honeycomb requires a dual-core processor, high-res displayAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
We've heard rumors in the past claim that any device running Gingerbread had to meet certain specifications, although they were all eventually debunked by Google. Now news has come out that Honeycomb may have some spec requirements of its own. According to Bobby Cha, managing director at Korean electronics company Enspert, Android Honeycomb will require at least a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor to run "properly." Cha also said that a resolution of 1280x720 may be needed, although not all screen will necessarily be stuck at 10 inches. Finally, Cha confirmed that the Motorola XOOM will be the first tablet to market with Honeycomb in tow. When asked about the purported spec requirements in the upcoming version of Android, Google declined to comment.
While these Honeycomb requirements (if they're true) won't have as large an impact as the ones we saw for Gingerbread would've, it's still disappointing that current devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab won't be upgraded to the tablet-focused version of Android. On the other hand, if you're in the market for a Honeycomb-powered tablet, these minimum specs could help ensure that you're getting a quality device that will be able to run the software well. It's interesting that Google hasn't refuted this news yet, as they've usually been quick to do so in the past. Perhaps the requirements are the real deal this time?