Dec 7, 2011
With the recent announcement of Ainol about their upgraded NOVO7, I think HP Touchpad fans can now move on with their lives and forget the previously defunct WebOS slab. Similar to the Touchpad, you can now buy this tablet for a very cheap price of $100. But unlike the HP Touchpad, you no longer have to go into the hassle of installing Android OS on your slab. It comes pre-installed with the latest version which is the Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. So you’re already out of danger in bricking your gadget when trying to follow the instructions on installing Android operating system on your tablet.
For the unfamiliar, the NOVO7 was a great and affordable product developed by MIPS Technologies Inc. and Ingenic Semiconductor. Both companies were leaders in their own field engaged in developing chips that is commonly used in different mobile applications. In their latest collaboration, they were able to create low cost tablets running on 1 GHz speed. Though this is less powerful compared to the dual-core Scorpion CPU of HP Touchpad, you will get a more powerful Vivante GC860 GPU @ 444 MHz that is twice as fast as the Adreno 220 GPU found in the HP slab. The improved GPU will fill-in the gaps left by the less-powered single core CPU enabling you to play high-definition videos and games.
The NOVO7 was previously available in Honeycomb version. So for customers who want to upgrade their slab to the latest Android version, MIPS assured that Honeycomb owners will not be left behind but you have to wait for their announcement first. You can check their site www.mips.com from time to time for the latest news that might include the upgrade path you’ve been waiting for.
For a rundown of the specs of Aino’s NOVO 7 Tablet see the list below.
Ainol’s NOVO7 Specs:
- Processor: MIPS-Based XBurst CPU @ 1 GHz with L1 cache
- GPU: Vivante GC860 @ 444 MHz
- Display: 7 inches capacitive multi-touch display
- Video: 1080p
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Ports: USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3, microSD
- Camera: VGA camera(front) and 2 megapixel(rear)