As Google’s newest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), makes its rounds to all the current generation devices, one company decided they wanted to bring to market the first 7″ Android tablet with ICS. Aniol, a Hong Kong based company, has debuted their Novo7 Paladin Knight Android tablet.
The Novo7 Paladin Knight has a single-core 1GHz Ingenic CPU and serves up a mere 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. This isn’t much different than the plethora of other Chinese tablets roaming wildly on eBay but at least its the first to come with ICS. With its low 800×480 resolution screen I can’t imagine trying to play HD quality movies on this device but its definitely enough to read your favorite ebook or play some non graphic intensive bird shooting games.
As the team over at AndroidSpin have pointed out, there are 3 versions of the tablet and though it is advertised on the company’s website that the Novo7 Paladin Basic does come with two camera, the actual listing on Pandawill.com states otherwise; cameras are only available on the Paladin Knight and not the Paladin Basic.
Typically we would advise you to stay clear from these budget devices but it would be interesting to see how it stacks up compared to the rest considering its running ICS. Another interesting feature we noticed is that it actually comes preinstalled with the official Android Market which seems to be missing on 99% of all budget tablets.
Now don’t expect it to perform anywhere near the Samsung Galaxy 7.7 but it may be a nice alternative to something like the Nook Tablet or Amazon Kindle — as always, you get what you paid for. Check out the complete specs sheet below:
The device is up for preorder now and won’t start shipping till the 5th of January. Are you planning on picking up one of these tablets? Did you already get a tablet for Christmas? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us a comment below.