Novo7 Paladin up for preorder slightly above projected price
Earlier this month, we looked at an unnamed but crazy cheap tablet powered by a MIPS processor that promised to be an Android Ice Cream Sandwich device for under $100. The release began in China, but as of today the device is available for preorder in the US.
Unfortunately, the price for a preorder is $120, a little more than the $99 we were hoping for. Still, for less than other tablets like the Kindle Fire, you get a respectable 7-inch 800 x 480 capacitive display, 512MB of RAM, 1GHz MIPS processor, and most importantly a fully Google approved installation of Ice Cream Sandwich, complete with the Market.
However, just because the Market is included doesn't mean that all applications will run. Because the architecture of the MIPS processor is completely different from that of ARM, finding apps that work will probably be hit and miss. Many will work just find, but there's always the possibility of one of the apps you want just not work at all.
The Novo7 has some clear pluses and minuses, and in my opinion illustrates both the good and bad inherent in Android's openness. On the plus side, you have a tablet barely over $100 that runs the latest version of a modern mobile OS. On the other hand, you have a tablet of questionable quality that may or may not run your apps. It certainly is a trade off, and one that may or may not be worth it depending on what you are looking for.
If you do want to get your hands on the NOvo7 Paladin, just hit up one of the source links to preorder it now.[PandaWill|Merimobiles via Ubergizmo]