First Android ICS tablet NOVO7 is based on MIPS processor, costs $99, and is endorsed by Andy Rubin
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
1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)
sounds very interesting for this price
12. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)
o Item number: 001
o Item price: $99.00
o Quantity: 1
* Item total$99.00
Shipping and handling loading...$60.00
* Total $159.00 USD
I'm not paying that. maybe when it fully comes state-side it will be cheaper. I'm not paying $60 for shipping.
15. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Did I mention 99% of the time shipping is nonrefundable?
3. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
WAIT 1GHz what? dual core or single core :/?
well logically, the ice cream sandwich is optimized for dual cores but it would be really nice to clear that up on the article :D! though, it would be surprising to see a single core run android 4.0!! and my Lg revolution would get a taste of it
4. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
dude i doubt the revolution will ever get ics.
8. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
the nexus s is single core and is going to get ics..all 1ghz single core will be capable of ics its just whether the oem's want to upgrade it and sadly you chose a lg phone out of the millions of android devices
13. mad5870 (Posts: 60; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
My eris can run ICS for the most part. and we all know thats a single core
14. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
its an LG phone thats why i say it wont get it. otherwise it could run it but as i said its LG but maybe if youre lucky XDA will port it to your phone if you root it. LG has a horrible history of updates
16. hunted (Posts: 336; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
i believe even arc s will get updated to ics
21. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
My Captivate is running on ICS 4.0.1. Works pretty nice.
6. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I would really want to get one of these but I don't understand if Andy Rubin recommended this tablet just because it's the first with ICS or because it's actually good.
9. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
If this tablet is really based on MIPS processor, it will be really interesting to compare its performance with traditional ARM-based tablets. This also proves, that u don't have to port Android apps for different CPU architectures, as they are real-time interpreted anyway.
10. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Need more info about its CPU/GPU and some benchmarking.
11. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
On GSMArena.com, it was indicated that it's resolution might be a WVGA.
17. droidguy2323 (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 Sep 2011)
So how can htc,samsung,asus,and acer combat this when it hits state side really. Even Amazon is gonna catch if this thing getting the proper marketing.
18. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
they will combat it easily. for one its only a wvga screen which means massive pixelation on a 7 in screen. a single core processor in the beginning of the quad core era and a 444mhz gpu in the age of mali-400 and powervr. this tablet is extremely outdated except for ics which is truely the only value in this package
19. samda (Posts: 52; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
ICS can run just fine on a decent single core processor, likely even smoother than gingerbread
20. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
Full HD on single core 1ghz processor??? So all the manufacturers were making us fool, since starting of this yr. that Full HD playback require at least dual core processors................. Well most of the specs of this device is outdated but then also at this price point and with ICS and endorsement by Andy Rubin, this gonna be a killer device..........!!!
22. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)
I'm waiting for the totally voice controlled Jellybean Android 5
23. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)
Yeah, HD playback has nothing to do with dual core anything. Its the GPU that handles video so a single core with a GPU is just fine, peachy, easy smozzie.
24. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
chinese maker android anything = garbage
25. dalek (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
yeah, just like anything made in China, like the iPhone...it is made in China, by Chinese. Lumping anything together in a general biased assumption is idiotic.
I bought one of the Novo7 tablets and it is a good cheap device for my kids, and shipping was (is as of today from Pandawill) FREE...so it's still only $107. It took 3 weeks to receive from Singapore (free shipping rate). It was preloaded with 90% Chinese apps, so I deleted them and installed many English version apps. Biggest issue was that the Android Market (english) was not pre-installed, so I had to get the apk file and manually install it, but once it was installed...functions fine. And HD video runs great and looks great.