While the latest generation Galaxy Tab is yet to make a mark worldwide in spite of it being a brilliant piece of hardware (something that can be attributed to the high costs involved), there are already plans afoot at Samsung in bringing out the next generation of the tablet PC. The tablet has already made an appearance at the ARM Technical Symposium 2010 held in Taipei this week. The tablet is being referred to as ‘Orion’ right now which has its origin in the company’s own own dual core Orion ARM Cortex A9 processor, a 32nm dual-core chip that can boast of five times the 3D processing capabilities of its predecessor. This however is a downgrade from the 45 nm chip that Samsung had earlier promised it would come up with. The Orion dual core chip will be based on the ARM Cortex A9 reference design. No doubt, the Orion dual core will have on offer faster and better processing capabilities than the Hummingbird processor, based on ARM Cortex A8 design that currently does duty on the present generation Galaxy Tab.
The Orion also includes a quad-core ARM Mali-400-based GPU that will ensure a thoroughly enhanced multimedia capability of the tablet. The integrated Mali-400 GPU is believed to be able to encode and decode Full HD 1080p video with an HDMI 1.3a output that can be run concurrently while the Cortex A9 chip simultaneously drives two displays onboard.
However, Samsung has not come out clean with its future tablet plans except revealing that they would like to come up with more tablet PCs that are both larger and smaller than the 7 inch Galaxy Tab now on sale. So its all a matter of speculation as to what sort of a device the new chip will find application in though its believed to be the larger 10 inch tablet that will benefit from the Orion dual core processor.
Given that Samsung has already announced it would launch more tablet devices next year, we might come across more news on this soon.