Samsung has stopped production of its Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, in order to upgrade the device with a quad-core processor, according to a report by Netbooknews, who claim to have received the news from a Samsung insider. The report also says the gadget's codename (according to the source) is "Espresso"; this appears to confirm other rumours about a similarly-named gadget launch.
There is little else, in terms of information, available at present. However, it is expected the revamped tablet could feature the Exynos 4412 quad-core processor. At present, according to information provided on the company Web site, the Tab 2 10.1 features a 1GHz dual-core processor and was one of the first Samsung tablets to run on an Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and TouchWiz combination. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will also be getting a quad-core processor.
There are also rumours the next iteration of the Galaxy series of smartphones will feature ARM architecture-based Exynos 4412, as reported in an earlier IBTimes UK report.
The Tab 2 10.1 had earlier been slotted for a March release but the process of upgrading OS to Ice Cream Sandwich reportedly pushed the release date to late April and then late May, according to a T3 report. The present expected date of release for the US is 13 May; the UK launch is expected to be shortly afterwards.
Check out the features of the tablet
Display: The Tab 2 10.1 features a 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT display with a resolution of 1200x800 pixels.
Operating System: The device will run with the updated version of Google's newest Operating System - Android v4.0.
Processor: At present the Tab 2 10.1 has a 1GHz dual-core chip with 1GB of RAM.
Camera: The device has a three megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing VGA camera for video calls. The camera can record video in fill HD at 30 frames per second.
Dimensions and Weight: The Tab 2 10.1 measures 256.6 x175.3 x 9.7 mm in thickness and weighs 588g.
Connectivity: The device has Bluetooth v3.0, USB 2.0 Host, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi Direct.
Battery: The Tab 2 10.1 runs on a standard Li-ion battery with a capacity of 7,000mAh.
Memory: The device has 16GB/32Gb of internal storage space. This can be expanded up to 32GB, using a microSD card.