A new Android tablet is getting ready to storm the market. Could this one put an end to Apple's
No, I'm not talking about the Amazon.com
Sold in China under the Ainol Electronics brand, this tablet will hit America "within the next several months" under equally unheralded brand names like Leader International and OMG Electronics. And at less than $100, this model undercuts iPads, Nooks, and Kindles like a chop block on Monday night.
However, this isn't quite the slam dunk it might look like on paper.
For one thing, this thing isn't exactly an iPad replacement -- to hit that ultra-low price point, Ainol had to settle for a smaller 7-inch screen. LCD panels are often the most expensive parts of smartphones and tablets today. It's an easy spot to conserve costs.
For another, it's not built around another ARM
The performance of such chips is unproven and unknown. Rubin calls it "high-performance," but then he's supposed to evangelize Android products wherever they appear.
If MIPS chips turn out to be truly competitive with the usual ARM solutions, then we might have a winner here. In that case, you should see an onslaught of MIPS-powered smartphones and tablets following this trailblazer. MIPS sure would love that. But if it's a dog, or sucks up battery juice like a thirsty camel, it's just another unsellable doorstop. Animals don't mix with mobile gadgetry.
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