7 hours of web browsing and six hours of gaming with the chunky ICS slate, due to the power-sipping MIPS technology.
Chinese Android tablets are a dime a dozen, and, although this one is listed with a 7" capacitive touchscreen, USB 2.0 port and microHDMI ports, as well as 2MP rear camera and a front-facing one, it is probably still a clunker, if history is any indication.
What piqued our interest though is that Google's Andy Rubin himself seems to be satisfied with this development that not only breaks the $100 tablet barrier, but is also the first tablet to officially be sold with Android ICS onboard:
After this lavish endorsement it is no surprise that the NOVO7 tablet has passed the Google Compatibility Test Suite certification, and is ready to run Google's services as well as the thousands of apps on Android Market - it comes with Spiderman preinstalled. Still, no data is given for the screen resolution and the internal memory, so we wouldn't expect wonders in those areas, but the $99 slate does offer a microSD card slot for good measure.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - December 5, 2011 - MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS), a leading provider of industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital home, networking and mobile applications, and Ingenic Semiconductor, a leading China-based CPU provider for mobile multimedia applications, today announced worldwide availability of the world's first tablet based on Android TM 4.0, known as 'Ice Cream Sandwich', that is retailing for less than $100 (U.S). The tablet is powered by Ingenic's JZ4770 mobile applications processor, which leverages a MIPS-BasedTM XBurstTM CPU running at 1GHz.
According to Andy Rubin, senior vice president of mobile at Google, "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."
The new Android 4.0 tablet is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd. It will be available in the United States and other geographies within the next several months under brands from companies including Leader International Inc. and OMG Electronics Ltd.
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.
"We are pleased to join with MIPS to announce these breakthrough high-performance, low-power, low-cost Android 4.0 tablets. Combining the elegance of the MIPS architecture and Ingenic's innovation in processor design, we are bringing a new level of processor technology to mobile devices. As we continue to collaborate with MIPS to broaden the mobile ecosystem around the legendary MIPS architecture, we anticipate even broader proliferation of our devices worldwide. We believe the mobile world will be more versatile and colorful with another processor joining in," said Qiang Liu, chairman and CEO, Ingenic Semiconductor.
"The openness of Android is enabling a new level of connectedness and interaction between devices and between people across the globe. We are excited to be a part of the Android ecosystem delivering on that vision. We applaud Ingenic's accomplishment in developing this new high-performance, feature-rich Android 4.0 tablet, and offering it at a price point that makes it widely accessible. We look forward to teaming with Ingenic as it continues to develop MIPS-Based mobile innovations," said Sandeep Vij, president and CEO, MIPS Technologies.
Ingenic JZ4770 SoC
The Ingenic JZ4770 SoC inside of the new tablet is one of the first
MIPS-Based systems-on-chips (SoCs) targeted for mobile devices that
delivers 1GHz+ frequency, increasingly a requirement for tablets and
other devices that incorporate rich multimedia and high-performance
applications/functionality. The JZ4770 SoC is powered by a MIPS32
compatible XBurst CPU designed by Ingenic. The XBurst CPU core adopts an
innovative ultra-low-power pipelining architecture which consumes less
than 90mW in 1GHz (with L1 cache), and the entire SOC consumes ~250mW
with the CPU and video engine operating under full load. In addition to
the XBurst CPU, the JZ4770 SoC integrates an optimized 1080p video
processing engine, OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics processing unit from
Vivante Corp. and numerous on-chip analog and application blocks such as
audio codecs and GPS.
Pricing and Availability
Ingenic's JZ4770 SoC for Android 4.0 tablets is available now. The new Android 4.0 tablet is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd. at www.ainovo.com. The 7" tablet retails for less than $100 (U.S.) non-subsidized. The tablet will be available in other geographies within the next several months. For more information, visit http://en.ingenic.cn/.
Ingenic Semiconductor was founded in Beijing in 2005 to develop
innovative processor technology. Based on the MIPS architecture, Ingenic
designs its own CPU core called XBurst. The XBurst CPU adopts an
innovative micro-architecture which consumes very little power under
high performance. Powered by the XBurst CPU, the company's JZ47xx series
application processors are widely deployed in embedded devices and
consumer electronic products including PMPs, educational electronic
devices, eBooks, biometrics and more, with more than 30 million units
shipped to-date. For more information, visit http://www.ingenic.cn/.
About MIPS Technologies, Inc.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIPS) is a leading provider of
industry-standard processor architectures and cores for digital home,
networking and mobile applications. The MIPS architecture powers some of
the world's most popular products, including broadband devices from
Linksys, DTVs and digital consumer devices from Sony, DVD recordable
devices from Pioneer, digital set-top boxes from Motorola, network
routers from Cisco, 32-bit microcontrollers from Microchip Technology
and laser printers from Hewlett-Packard. Founded in 1998, MIPS
Technologies is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices
worldwide. For more information, contact (408) 530-5000 or visit www.mips.com.
MIPS, MIPS32 and MIPS-Based are trademarks or registered trademarks in the United States and other countries of MIPS Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks referred to herein are the property of their respective owners. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
source: MIPSTechnologies, Ainovo via AndroidCentral