ICS Tablet at $99 Not a Safe Bet

December 10, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Earlier this week, MIPS and Ingenic proudly announced the worldwide availability of their Ainol $99 Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet. The Novo 7 tablet was initially available through Hong Kong based Ainol.com until it was all sold out.

Then MIPS said that there will be more soon. Google’s Andy Rubin had also certified the tablet, saying that low cost, high performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android’s openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world.

So if you guys are looking for the inexpensive, yet powerful tablet, you can still find it online. But there are chances that you will feel cheated.

Here’s how; there are other Novo 7 tablets available online, but the thing is most of them do not pack the Ice Cream Sandwich just like that. The Novo 7 with Android 4.0 mentioned in this week’s announcement is actually based on older hardware.

Futeko said that The Ingenic JZ4770 found in the $99 ICS tablet announced this week was slower than the Allwinner A10 used in the Novo 7 Advanced. Moreover, there are question marks over the compatibility of the MIPS chipset with some Apps.

The ARM-based Novo 7 Advanced that Futeko sells for about $190 in Europe is the better tablet and a much safer bet for the momentThe newer 7-inch Ainol tablet will feature a faster ARM chipset and is expected to get Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future.

So do not fall for the trap, guys. If you can’t wait to get your hands on the Nova tablet, it would be safer to go for the Novo 7 running the Honeycomb, which will get the ICS update as confirmed by the MIPS.

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