[Update: False] Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 production stops, quad-core processor upgrade to blame
Production of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has apparently been stopped. The culprit is the Korean company’s decision to upgrade the tablet’s processor, from a dual-core part to a quad-core unit. This is exactly the same thing we’ve heard is happening to Samsung’s other recently-unveiled 10-inch Android tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, as originally announced, was a pretty strange device, since it didn’t bring many internal upgrades compared to its predecessor. Basically it looked like the main thing Samsung was trying to accomplish with this model was patent-proofing it against Apple’s trade dress-based infringement claims.
But now with a quad-core CPU inside things change. If this is true, of course. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was due in the US in mid-May. It remains to be seen whether the processor switch will cause a delay in shipping.
The source that this info comes from, “a Korean Samsung insider”, says that the new Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 model that will come with the quad-core processor is codenamed Espresso. So that would clear the air regarding that name, one we’ve heard once before.
However, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will receive no hardware upgrade, so it will be stuck with its dual-core processor. That’s probably so Samsung can manage to sell it at that $249.99 price point, which is quite close to Amazon Kindle Fire territory. But if the 7-incher won’t get a new SKU, and the quad-core Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the Espresso 10, then what’s up with the rumored Espresso 7 tablet? Is that a new device after all? We’ll let you know if we find out more.
[UPDATE] Turns out all of the above is completely false. According to Ethan Rasiel, Director of Public Relations for Samsung Electronics America’s Consumer Business Division,
“The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will come to market worldwide as planned with a dual-core processor. Rumors about production delays or changes to the product are false.”