Looking for an Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet for Under $100? Only in China (at Least for Now)

Paul Lilly

File this one under 'Y' for 'Yeah, right!,' or 'W' for 'We'll believe it when we see it, playa,' but for the time being, MIPS Technologies and Ingenic Semiconductor are laying claim to the world's first available Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet, the NOVO7. That's not the part that's hard to believe, nor is the fact that it's rocking a 1GHz processor.  What we find suspect is that it's selling for less than $100.

That's in China, mind you, but MIPS says the NOVO7 will make a splash on U.S. shores and other geographic locations within the next several months.

The NOVO7 is a 7-inch tablet with a capacitive multi-touch display (8-inch and 9-inch form factors are supposedly coming soon) and around 4GB of onboard storage. It supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and has a USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.3 port, and a microSD card slot. There's a 2MP camera on the back and a front-facing camera for video chat.

Processing power is provided by a MIPS-based XBurst CPU running at 1GHz and a Vivante GC860 GPU. According to MIPS, the NOVO7 can decode Full HD 1080p video, it can play Gameloft genuine games (Spider-Man is pre-installed), and the battery lasts for 30 hours on standby, 6 hours when gaming, 25 hours for music, 8 hours for video, and 7 hours for browsing the Web, according to MIPS.

At present, the NOVO7 is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd .

Image Credit: ainovo.com

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