Samsung has reportedly halted production of its latest Galaxy Tab device, in order to equip the tablet with a faster, more powerful quad-core processor.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was (still is?) scheduled to go on sale in May, touting the same 1GHz dual-core processor as its predecessor.

Netbook News reports that Samsung has decided that's not good enough and that an extra pair of processors need to be added into the mix.

The site speculates that the upgraded model, internally codenamed "Espresso" might feature the Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor.

The chipset, based on ARM architecture, is rumoured to arrive on the Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone when it launches on May 3.

Delays ahoy?

Whether this strategic change, less than a month before the device was scheduled to go on sale, will affect the planned release date for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is as yet unknown.

The tablet was scheduled to go on sale in the United States on May 13, with a UK launch not far behind.

The device has already been hit by numerous delays, since its announcement at MWC, mainly relating to the implementation of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

The report also mentions that the forthcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 is also scheduled for the same treatment, but the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will keep its dual-core offering.

Via: Netbook News