Consumer Electronics company Philips is preparing to launch new line of tablets with 7 inch displays and Google Android 4.0 software. While Philips will hardly be the first company to follow that path, one of the interesting things about these new tablets is that at least some models are expected to feature MIPS processors rather than ARM or x86 chips.
The move comes at a time when Google is starting to take notice of MIPS-based products. The maker of the Android operating system plans to build better MIPS support into future versions of the mobile operating system.
In fact, one of the first devices to ship with Android 4.0 software installed was the Ainol Novo 7 tablet with a low power MIPS processor.
We may not see the new Philips tablets in the US right away. The company plans to launch the products first in China. But looking at spec sheets for some of the company’s 2012 tablets it looks like we can expect models with 1024 x 600 pixel or 800 x 480 pixel displays, support for a range of media codecs including MP4, H.264, and WMV, and 4 to 5 hours of battery life.