Given all the hype that went with the official announcement of the latest version of Google's mobile OS a few months back, one would expect that - with the exception of Google Nexus Prime - the first batch of gizmos running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich would be in the high-end category, sporting top-notch specifications.
Turns out, that's hardly the case.
Meet Ainol Novo 7 Paladin Android 4.0 tablet:
Joining the slightly more expensive but likewise modestly powered Ainol Novo 7 Basic, Paladin is in that initial batch of devices to come with the freshest version of the Android operating system. As I've earlier explained on TP, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes with a slew of improvements including a refreshed user interface with the new Roboto default font, new People application and widget, Android Beam and Folders, among others.
Powered by a 1 GHz single core processor and 512 MB of RAM, Ainol Novo 7 Paladin proves that ICS doesn't particularly require the latest and greatest innards to run and work its magic. So I guess other manufacturers shouldn't give that excuse for not sending ICS OTA update to their flagship smartphone and tablet releases from a year or two back.
For those who are wondering, Ainol is well-known and respected electronics maker in China. The company currently specializes in creating and marketing affordable Android smartphones and tablets.
Despite having a very low $89.99 or roughly Php 3,900 price tag in online stores, Ainol Novo 7 Paladin still comes with specifications that can put a smile on the face of the casual Android fan. Although lacking a camera for stills and videos, this ultra-affordable tablet nonetheless comes with a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (Yes, capacitive touchscreens have become the standard even for low-end tablets. I guess we can now say that resistive touchscreens are officially obsolete.), Wifi connectivity support, 8 GB of internal storage, full HD video playback and a 4000 mAh battery that supposedly capable of giving users up to 8 hours of web browsing.
I think that if Ainol promotes Novo 7 Paladin more aggressively, it can give the Amazon Kindle a run for the money. I mean, the two have practically similar specifications but obviously, end users can get a lot more with Paladin as it runs on a more - uhm - 'solid' operating system supporting tens of thousands of applications.
|Name||Ainol Novo 7 Paladin|
|Price Category||Entry Level|
|Dimensions||187 x 111 x 12mm|
|Available Colors||Black, White|
|Operating System||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Display||7 inches 800 x 480 pixel, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||Ingenic JZ4770 Xburst, 1GHz; GPU: GC860|
|Video Capture||No Video Camera|
|Audio and Video Playback||Video: 1080P, AVI/MOV/MP4/RMVB/FLV/MKV |
Ebook: TXT, PDF, HTML, RTF, FB2
|Ports||3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Memory||8GB, 512MB RAM, expandable via microSD card slot|
|Uptime||300 hours standby, 6 hours video playing|
|Value-Added Features||SNS Integration, Google Services Suite, Runs on the latest version of the Android Operating Sytem|
|Announcement||December 2011 internationally|
|Availability||Available now online|