It is rather strange for Dutch consumer electronics company Philips to roll out a new range of 7″ tablets in China, no? After all, that country is head over heels in love with the Apple iPad, so to see Philips take the chance with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablets would either mean they know something that we do not, or they have decided to take the complete plunge in the world’s most populous country, hoping that the potential sheer sales volume alone would vindicate this decision. What do you think of the route that Philips took? More details on the 7″ tablets in the extended post.
It is said that some of Philips’ tablets will be powered by MIPS processors instead of ARM or x86 chips, which is an interesting aspect to look at since Google is starting to pay attention to MIPS-based devices. In fact, it is whispered that Google intends to construct superior MIPS support into future versions of Android. The 7″ tablets will come with either 1024 x 600 resolution or 800 x 480 resolutions, and will play nice with MP4, H.264, and WMV video codecs in addition to having half the battery life of an iPad – that is, 4 to 5 hours, tops.