First Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet is only $100

Ainol, a Chinese company responsible for many of the MP4-based portable media players you've probably seen in budget shops is releasing NOVO7, the world's first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablet. But is it any good?

The NOVO7 is a seven-inch tablet that claims to be a full-fledged Android 4.0 ICS tablet. It isn't powered by any ARM processors and it doesn't have dual or quad-core processors. Instead, it operates with MIPS Technology's 1GHz XBurst CPU.

Amit Rohatgi, Mobile Principal Architect of the NOVO7 says MIPS is a "game changer for mobile because it's lowering the price barrier to widespread tablet ownership. Rohatgi also says the NOVO7 is a power-efficient (up to eight hours of battery life) tablet with 'excellent Open GL ES 2.0 graphics.'" Gameloft's Spider-man comes pre-loaded. We'll have to see about that.

Features include one USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3, micro SD slot, 1080p HD video playback, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, an unspecified front and two-megapixel rear cameras.

Storage-wise, we're looking at 4GB built-in, expandable by micro SD cards. It isn't much, but what can you honestly expect from a tablet that's only $100?

Eight and nine-inch models are reportedly coming out soon, but for now, the NOVO7 is a China-exclusive until it starts showing up under other brands from Leader International Inc. and OMG Electronics Ltd. around the globe.

Basically, this is a tablet you'll probably find at your local discount store or behind the registers at a pharmacy (yes, they sell tablets now, I checked!).

A tablet for $100 is dirt cheap and easily puts it as a great present for kids who need to be occupied on a road trip. For me, so long as the browser isn't jittery, I'd say an inexpensive tablet such as the NOVO7 isn't too shabby, provided it actually performs alright.

Ainovo, via HotHardware

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