So far we’ve yet to see a Honeycomb tablet make it to store shelves with anything but a 10.1″ screen. Archos and Samsung both have smaller tablets in the pipes, and now another tablet from Japanese manufacturer, Camangi will be looking to break the 10.1″ mold. Their 7″ Mangrove 7, will be released in Japan in mid-august.
The Mangrove 7 is almost the same size as the original Galaxy Tab, but packs guts more similar to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Even with a new size for a honeycomb tablet the internals are familiar. With a Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and the usual set of sensors the Mangrove offers an almost tired platform, but for those who may find the size of current offerings a tad too large it could be just the tablet for them (in Japan that is).
Unfortunately Japanese devices aren’t known for leaving their homelands’ borders. Also worth noting is that both Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Archos 80 G9 tablets will be larger than the Mangrove 7 by at least an inch. Would you rather have a 7″ tablet, or is the abundance of larger slates coming out a result of “bigger is better?”