Amidst a CES with plenty of high-end tablets on display, we were a little let-down to hear of the underwhelming specs for Samsung’s Tab 2 models. Sure, they’d have Ice Cream Sandwich, but the rest of the figures were very much from last year. We held out hope that the Galaxy Note 10.1 would end up a little more impressive, and while at first it sounded like a virtual clone of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (stylus notwithstanding), we later heard rumors about the Note 10.1 getting some hardware upgrades prior to its release. Now there’s a new theory out that suggests Samsung’s planning the very same thing for the Tab 2 10.1.
Supposedly, Samsung has halted production of the Tab 2 10.1 in order to re-tool it to feature a quad-core processor. As a result, we wouldn’t see the tablet arrive until June, instead of May 13 as Samsung had already announced for the model’s retail debut. There’s also speculation that this change is reflected in the codename Espresso, which popped-up on a recent Samsung leak, and refers specifically to the post-upgrade Tab 2 models (we’d presumably see the same changes made for the 7-incher)
While we like the sound of higher-end hardware, we’re not sure this time that the rumors add up. Samsung announced its release plans for the Tab 2 models on April 11. We saw that leak with the Espresso models just one day later, on April 12, suggesting that Samsung must have already been using the name prior to that. If Espresso really is revamped Tab 2 hardware, why announce the old about-to-be-postponed hardware after you’ve already decided to make those changes?