MIPS 7 Inch Android Tablet, NOVO7 With Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ Available Now For $99, Very Affordable … But Worthy?

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Today a new standard was set in the tablet world (at least according to the company). MIPS Technologies has announced the release and availability of the first Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet, the NOVO7 for a very affordable $99. Now of course one has to wonder at this price if the tablet will be worthy. Fortunately, all signs points to just that. Here is what Andy Rubin of Google had to say about the tablet:

“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.”

So what’s behind the NOVO7? According to the press release, “the tablet is powered by Ingenic’s JZ4770 mobile applications processor, which leverages a MIPS-Based™ XBurst™ CPU running at 1GHz. 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.”

Now of course this sounds really good on paper. Hopefully, we’ll know pretty soon how well it performs in the real world.

For those that are considering purchasing this device, as stated earlier it’ll only cost you $99. Additionally, “the new Android 4.0 tablet is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd. at www.ainovo.com.”

So if you decide to purchase one, let us know what you think about it. We may even have something to tell you about it shortly. We’re still skeptical on this one … and btw, shipping is about $60.

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