No typo here, the $79 Ainol Novo 7 Paladin is a camera-less tablet, but yes indeed, it runs Ice Cream Sandwich. This tablet is a variation of the world’ s first ICS Android 4.0 tablet, the Ainol Novo 7 Basic we spotted last year. Ainol’s Novo 7 Paladin is certainly powered by a MIPS chip, and if it has the same internals as that Basic (minus cameras), then it might be MIPS32-based Xburst JZ4770 SoC by Beijing Ingenic Semiconductor company. Knight Paladin mentioned there might be dual cameras still.
In short, this simple Paladin sports the same 800×480 non-IPS 7 inch capacitive screen, 512 MB of RAM, a miniUSB port, headphone jack, reset pinhole, volume rocker, microSD card slot, single tiny speaker on the back, and couple of additional “hardware” buttons that were banned from Android designs since Honeycomb.
This runs Android 4.0.1 on top of Linux kernel 3.0.8, a big step up from what Tegra 3 ICS tablets run on; 2.6.36 or so. “Basic” was quoted as being priced at $99, which explains their $79 “Paladin” price by missing optics.