Monday, December 5, 2011

New Novo7 Tablet Ships with Android 4.0 Pre-Installed

Novo7 tabletPeople were just freaking out over the Jaguar 7's demonstration of Ice Cream Sandwich and anxiously awaiting the release of the Transformer Prime until Igenic and MIPS completely slapped them across the face and said "Look what we made!" by announcing the Ainol-branded Novo7. The Novo7 is absolutely the first commercially available tablet to come loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

I must confess that this device isn't entirely brand new. It was previously available as a Honeycomb tablet and is now shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-loaded. In addition to the newest version of Android's operating system, this device is also packing an Igenic JZ4770 mobile applications processor, as well as 1GHz MIPS-based XBurst CPU, meaning, unfortunately, that this tablet isn't going to be breaking any power records.

A 7" capacitive touchscreen, Vivante GC860 CPU clocked at 444MHz, 1080p video decoding, rear 2MP camera with VGA front-facing camera, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3, microSD slot and an endorsement from the one and only Andy Rubin (Google's Senior Vice President of Mobile) are all perks you get with the Novo7.

While the processor and CPU may seem to be on the low end, they are perfect for how much you will pay for this little guy. The Novo7 from MIPS and Ingenic will only cost you $99. For an Android 4.0 tablet with dual cameras and full 1080p HD, I'd say it's a steal. However, you may want to hold off on buying one right now for a few reasons. First off, the device isn't yet available in the United States and shipping will cost you nearly $50. Second, MIPS has already informed us that this device will hit the US market over "the next several months" and that 8" and 9" versions are also in the works. Plus, if you already have the previous Novo tablet, an update with Ice Cream Sandwich is on the way.

Source: Engadget - Ainol launches the NOVO7, the world's first Android 4.0 tablet, for $100 plus shipping.

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