Philips is the latest consumer electronics company to go public with its ambitions in the tablet segment. They are intending to offer multiple devices in the 7 inch segment, though the tablet PCs from Philips should not be expected to be any thing new or different than what we have seen in the last 2 years.
Full details are of course not available at the moment, though from information currently available, the tablets will run Android 4.0 ICS and is slated to arrive in China before anywhere else. There is no time frame available, though that should serve as a pointer of when the tablet is expected to make its debut.
Further, the tablets are likely to have a battery life of around 4 – 5 hours, which isn’t particularly notable. As for the tablets’ displays, they can be either of 1024 x 600 pixels or 800 x 480 pixels or both. The tablet will also be compliant with different media types such as MP4, H.264, and WMV.
However, one of the biggest distinguishing factors of the Philips branded tablets is that they are believed to be based in MIPS processors and not the x86 or Arm based chips that has been making up the heart of almost every other tablet device. Google is not averse to using MIPS processors and has also pledged more support for it in future in a clear indication of more MIPS based devices running Android coming our way in the future. Until then, the Ainol Paladin 7 device happens to be one of the early tablet devices to have been built around the MIPS chip.
Also, going by the not too exciting specs that the Philips tablet is believed to carry, the tablet’s price will be crucial for them to make a mark in the ultra competitive tablet market. That is, unless Philips has other surprises up its sleeve.