Ainol's 7" Tablet Costs Just $100, Runs Android 4.0

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Can't say this is the most flattering name for a company, but we suppose that's beside the point. Ainol has just launched the new NOVO7, which is described as the world's first Android 4.0 tablet. Hard to believe a company you've probably never heard is beating the big boys to the punch, but there's definitely an edge, speed wise, to being small and nimble. MIPS Technology is sharing in the joyous occasion, and given that it's just $100 plus shipping -- why not? The tablet is powered by Ingenic's JZ4770 mobile applications processor, which leverages a MIPS-Based XBurst CPU running at 1GHz.

According to Andy Rubin, senior vice president of mobile at Google, "I'm thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-Based Android 4.0 tablets into the market. 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."

The new Android 4.0 tablet is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd. It will be available in the United States and other geographies within the next several months under brands from companies including Leader International Inc. and OMG Electronics Ltd.The new tablet is available with a 7" capacitive multi-touch screen. 8" and 9" form factors will be available soon. All versions include support for WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3 and microSD, as well as 3D graphics with the Vivante GC860 GPU, 1080p video decoding and dual front/rear cameras. The XBurst processor's power-efficient architecture provides extended battery life-the 7" tablet draws less than 400mA during active web browsing.

"We are pleased to join with MIPS to announce these breakthrough high-performance, low-power, low-cost Android 4.0 tablets. Combining the elegance of the MIPS architecture and Ingenic's innovation in processor design, we are bringing a new level of processor technology to mobile devices. As we continue to collaborate with MIPS to broaden the mobile ecosystem around the legendary MIPS architecture, we anticipate even broader proliferation of our devices worldwide. We believe the mobile world will be more versatile and colorful with another processor joining in," said Qiang Liu, chairman and CEO, Ingenic Semiconductor.

"The openness of Android is enabling a new level of connectedness and interaction between devices and between people across the globe. We are excited to be a part of the Android ecosystem delivering on that vision. We applaud Ingenic's accomplishment in developing this new high-performance, feature-rich Android 4.0 tablet, and offering it at a price point that makes it widely accessible. We look forward to teaming with Ingenic as it continues to develop MIPS-Based mobile innovations," said Sandeep Vij, president and CEO, MIPS Technologies.

Ingenic's JZ4770 SoC for Android 4.0 tablets is available now. The new Android 4.0 tablet is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd. at The 7" tablet retails for less than $100 (U.S.) non-subsidized. The tablet will be available in other geographies within the next several months. Only time will tell if a $100 tablet is worth its salt, but hey -- it can only be so bad, right?
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94_xj replied on Tue, Dec 6 2011 12:34 AM

$100? It has to be a resistive touch screen. I picked up a cheap $80 tablet that runs Android 2.2 and even has a built in 3g radio...but it is also a resistive touch screen and uses a fairly slow 800mhz VIA cpu.

Any chance of us seeing a performance review of this thing? :D

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I have a velocity micro tablet with a capacitive screen, got it for around $100 a year or so ago. it came with Android 2.0, as of August it was updated to Froyo (2.2) unfortunately the only market that you can use with it is the Amazon one and its has a proprietary CPU which a lot of apps do not support. You get what you pay for.

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Marco C replied on Tue, Dec 6 2011 10:29 AM

Damn, sold out already. Was going to jump on this just for the sake of experimenting with ICS...

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Wow and the tablet war continues. Certainly not as sexy as an iPad or ASUS Prime(drool) but @ $100 dollars they are sure to sell a lot of these.

Something like this might be great to mod and use as a controller for home theater equipment at the price it could be worth it.

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BOmv replied on Thu, Jan 12 2012 12:39 PM

Search for it on Ebay, plenty of them there and with free shipping

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