$99 tablet running Android 4.0 heading to US

Competition is heating up in the tablet sector. The iPad is raking in the sales, while the Kindle Fire looks set to capitalise on both the Kindle name and its $199 price tag. As parts become cheaper and developers look to stay ahead, it was only a matter of time before we'd see a cheap tablet pre-loaded with Android 4.0.

Enter the Novo7. A bold move by developers Ainol, the tablet is expected to make waves among the budget-conscious gadget buyer, weighing in at a mere $99. The device has been certified by Google, and while not yet available in the US, the tablet is currently enjoying a Chinese release in the meantime.

So what does $99 get you? A 7-inch tablet with front and rear cameras for a start. Under the hood comes a MIPS-based 1GHz processor, as well as a Vivante 444MHz GPU. In terms of connectivity the Novo7 boasts USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3, 802.11 b/g/n, and a microSD slot. The slab is capable of decoding 1080p video and boasts a low-powered design with an average power of 250mw.

Any tablet that entices more people onto Android is bound to get Google talking. Andy Rubin, head of Android, said in a statement: "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."

A release outside of China is due "within the next several months". Ainol are also preparing 8" and 9" versions for a future release.

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USB 2.0 and a micro SD slot. My job gave me an IPad2 to play with and I was appalled that i didn't have these basic connections available to me. It was so limited by design, and yet it cost so much. Competition is good!

I'd say the biggest knock (I have the novo7 pro) is... the size.
Face it, the smartphone experience is not that robust..
7.1" ain't a whole lot better. Pretty good, but not 10".
YMMV
db.

You get what you pay for, so, $99, should expect cheap plastic, low-res screen, basic CPU and GPU performance, helped by better code in ICS.

I'd expect worst performance from this tablet than say, the Kindle Fire, the next low price tablet from a known brand (Amazon). But at least it will run a vanila ICS...

If the software is responsive, touch sensitivity is decent, and has the google market place, I will be getting this. Waiting on reviews for finial decision.

Claims to have a capacitive screen and not the crappier resistive screen. That's a major + for an item at this price range. Seriously keeping an eye on this for sure!

It's going to be £64 in the uk. At that price, you can't lose. I'm going to buy a couple as presents for family.

Perhaps the only thing nice about this tablet is that Android logo at the bottom-left.
It actually looks nice.

Cyborg_X said,
Not $100 when you factor in the ridiculous $60 shipping.

Yeah. At the moment that's the only thing holding it back. Once we get local distributors though, the shipping price should come down dramatically.

[quote=Joey S said,]
Part of that $60 will be included in the base price of the tablet, since shipping is not free, even for the local distributors. So, expect this $99 tablet to realy cost $129 here, with a small shipping price to your house.

"Competition is hotting up in the tablet sector..."

Editor, you missed the first line for quality control assurance, LOL.

Amodin said,
"Competition is hotting up in the tablet sector..."

Editor, you missed the first line for quality control assurance, LOL.

No one cares. It is not like we didn't know what he meant.

max22 said,

No one cares. It is not like we didn't know what he meant.

You obviously cared enough to take the time out to reply about it.

Most people want tablets just for browsing the web on. If this thing runs Flash through a browser, then they'll sell well! That's something iPads and most cheap Android tablets can't do.

Hey let me see you tablet, who makes this? Oh thats its Ainol

Um Yeah, I don't think I could ever use a product with a name like Ainol

Are you sure this isn't a delayed April Fools?

. Ainol are also preparing 8" and 9" versions for a future release.

BAHAHAHAHAHA!! I'll take a 9 inch Ainol please

Teebor said,
Hey let me see you tablet, who makes this? Oh thats its Ainol
Um Yeah, I don't think I could ever use a product with a name like Ainol
Are you sure this isn't a delayed April Fools?
BAHAHAHAHAHA!! I'll take a 9 inch Ainol please

I thought the same thing lol. Ain-ol (An-AL)

It appears to be genuine though. I think they currently have honeycomb versions out too.

Wombatt said,
That's going to have an absolutely gorgeous screen! /Sarc

Yes, it would be very easy to see individual pixels. Even on iPhone you can't see it!!

I'm liking how this thing is looking. Companies are starting to push themselves over for the price tag. This means, that in a year from now, Windows 8 tablets will be as cheap as buying a netbook. (Won't be cheaper because Windows is not a free OS)

Jose_49 said,
I'm liking how this thing is looking. Companies are starting to push themselves over for the price tag. This means, that in a year from now, Windows 8 tablets will be as cheap as buying a netbook. (Won't be cheaper because Windows is not a free OS)

not sure about ARM netbooks but the x86 will cost around 800-1000$

bogas04 said,

even apple's hardware is manufactured/assembled in China.

designed in china vs made in china.... lots of the designed in china stuff is cheap copies of reference boards with crappy designs that are underpowered to save money thats why people hate their stuff so much

bogas04 said,

even apple's hardware is manufactured/assembled in China.

Not that Im defending his words, but it is more important where something was designed (moreso by who's standards actually), than where it was manufactured.
Manufacturers just follow directions given to them.

nitins60 said,
china product. no thanks

Ainovo Electron (HK) Co.... Hong Kong based? EDIT Est. 1998 in HK /EDIT

Just because it was designed by a company inside China doesn't mean that its rubbish. There is plenty of crap designed in western countries.