New line of Philips entry-level ICS tablets to use MIPS processors

April 23, 2012
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Philips is a Dutch consumer electronics company that doesn’t exactly have a reputation to maintain as an Android manufacturer. But that did not seem to stop Philips officials from recently announcing a new line of entry-level 7” Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablets bound (at least for now) for the Chinese market.

The pricing and release dates are yet to be announced, as is the availability of the new line of tablets in other markets, but what caught our attention was the fact that Philips engineers have decided not to use an ARM processor or an x86 one (like 99% of all other Android manufacturers), opting for a low-power MIPS processor instead. Android currently offers some support for MIPS processors, but even better integration with the architecture has been promised for the near future by Google.

It’s likely that this barebones integration of MIPS processor support in the Android OS is the reason why Philips has announced a projected battery life of just 4-5 hours, despite the fact that MIPS processors are notorious for operating with low-power requirements. It should also be noted that tablets using MIPS processors are currently unable to run all the Android apps out there.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much more to report about the new line of Philips Android 4.0 tablets, but we do know that resolutions will vary between 1024 x 600 and 800 x 480, depending on the model. Support for MP4, H.264, and WMV was mentioned, but that’s not out of the ordinary for a tablet, as I’m sure you’ll agree. It reigns obvious from both the MIPS processor and the low pixel density that the new line of Philips slates targets the low-end sector of the tablet market. This is exactly the reason why the 7-inch tabs will be released in China first.

What do you guys think of a tablet that features a pixel density of just 134 ppi (7″ screen with 800 x 480 resolution)? At what price should such an entry-tablet be launched? Drop us a line in the comment section below!

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