The Novo7 Paladin tablet made a big splash a few weeks ago when it was announced to be the first Android 4.0 tablet. That came as a big shock, because the company behind it, Ainovo, is a small no-name player, and yet they will manage to bring Android 4.0 to the masses before all the big players.
I have to admit I was disappointed when at the Android 4.0/Galaxy Nexus event, Google didn’t have a tablet prepared, too. I mean Android 4.0 was supposed to be the great unifier between phones and tablets, and yet here they were showcasing only a phone. I found that a little strange and it was also a lost opportunity for Google.
Ideally, I would’ve had them showcase the Transformer Prime alongside Galaxy Nexus, but since it was a Samsung/Google event, I would’ve been happy if they showed a Samsung tablet with Android 4.0, too. It would’ve certainly doubled people’s excitement with Android 4.0.
The Novo7 Paladin will not only be the first 7″ Android 4.0 tablet, but also the first one with a 1 Ghz MIPS processor. MIPS is a different architecture than ARM, so this is pretty big news, too. The makers of the MIPS chips say that MIPS can use cores in the space of 2 ARM cores, which makes them more efficient chips. That will remain to be seen if it’s true, considering the MIPS chips are also a bit behind in node processing technology. However, I do believe they are at least as efficient overall as an ARM chip.
The Novo7 Paladin will also have a pretty high-end GPU running at 444 Mhz (clock frequency is higher than most ARM GPU’s right now). It will also come with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. It’s expected to come to US for the law price of $120. And yes it does have a capacitive touchscreen, too, unlike other “cheap” tablets that only have a resistive touchscreen, making the touch experience much poorer.