Novo 7 is the First Android Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet to Hit the Market; Priced $100

December 7, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

These days, tablets are becoming cheaper, with more companies entering the growing market from time to time.

But, chances are you will be really surprised after seeing the Novo 7. The $100 tablet powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich has been just released in China by MIPS Technologies and Ingenic Semiconductor.

That makes the Ainol-branded Novo 7 the first Android 4.0 tablet in the world. The slate is packed with a 7-inch multi-touch capacitive screen, dual cameras: a 2-megapixel rear shooter and a VGA snapper for video chatting and a battery with 300 hours of stand by.

Ingenic’s JZ4770 mobile applications processor and 1GHz MIPS-based XBurst CPU power the tablet. Meanwhile, the Vivante GC860 GPU – clocking 444MHz – will run games smoother. Apart from having the Spiderman title pre-loaded, the tablet also supports all Gameloft  genuine games.

It supports exFAT storage format, Wi-Fi, 3G, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3 and micro SD slots. Along with the 1080p video decoding, the device plays all clips that come in formats like mkv, mp4, mov, and mpg and so on.

We hear the 8- and 9-inch models of the Novo are expected to reach markets soon.

A thrilled Andy Rubin, senior vice-president at Google, has been quoted as saying that the low cost high performance tablets like Novo 7 can be afforded by all types of consumers and such devices show the flexibility of Android with respect to other platforms.

Novo 7, released in China, is available online via Ainol Electronics.  The tablet is expected to reach the US and other markets from companies like Leader International and OMG Electronics. Are you really looking forward to this slate?

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