Bigger & better

Samsung's Galaxy Tab was a disappointment. There were a lot of hopes riding on the first Android tablet from a major manufacturer, but it was small and expensive and, running a non-tablet version of Google's Android operating system, it was hard to use.

Let's hope the Galaxy Tab 2 is better. You see, leaked PR material from Samsung suggests there'll be a Galaxy Tab 2 announced next month.

CNET indulges in some speculation about what it might look like. It could have a 10- rather than 7-inch screen, to better compete with Apple's pesky iPad. But other sources reckon it'll stick with 7 inches. Whatever the size, it'll almost certainly upgrade to an AMOLED screen, which'll mean brighter colours and darker, er, dark bits. An 8-megapixel camera is possible, as is a powerful Tegra 2 processor.

The most exciting upgrade, though, won't be hardware but software. The Galaxy Tab 2 will almost certainly run Honeycomb, the new tablet-friendly version of Android Google showed off yesterday. And that should make it much better, regardless of the specs.

Either way, Samsung is set to show off the Galaxy Tab 2 - as well as the new Galaxy S 2 phone - next month. Stay tuned for all the details.

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