Android 3.0 Honeycomb: Minimum Specs – Updates in Danger?

By Alan Ng - Jan 4, 2011

It was not too long ago that we heard a false rumor that Android 2.3 Gingerbread may require a minumum specification of a 1GHz processor, but now we’re hearing that OS Honeycomb may have some requirements too.

According to this report from Phandroid, reports have suggested that Android 3.0 Honeycomb may need a dual-core processor and a high resolution display screen to operate properly.

To go into more detail, the dual-core processor spec may have to be based on the Cortex-A9 architechture, which shouldn’t be a problem for handsets such as the LG Optimus 2X which runs on a Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. If the news turns out to be true though, it obviously isn’t good news for popular handsets such as the Nexus S, Droid X and Droid Incredible, as it may mean that users have to upgrade handsets if they want to receive a Honeycomb update in the future.

As for the high resolution display spec, we’re hearing that Honeycomb will require a minimum HD resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It’s worth noting that Honeycomb may turn out to be a Tablet-specific OS anyway, so there would be no need to panic about this. If these details are confirmed throughout this week or at CES 2011, we’ll give you an update.

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