The $100 Novo7 Android ICS tablet coming to US in a few months, but you get what you pay for
The ultra cheap tablet ICS tablet will come on sale in the US in the following months, but the specs are not exactly inspiring. Still, about a Benjamin gets you 8" or 9" screen with unfortunately WVGA resolution, which even high-end smartphones shun nowadays, 1GHz MIPS chipset with separate graphics processor and Adobe Flash support, as well as 2MP camera on the back plus a front-facer. Hey, at least the screen is capacitive, unlike some others we've reviewed.
There is an HDMI port, as well as 8GB of internal memory and microSD slot to store the media you might like to stream via HDMI. Some tradeoffs were made with the software as well - despite Andy Rubin's delight about the Novo7's affordable Android approach, the slate makes you manually enter your Google profile and create your contacts. Data Viz's Docs To Go suite will be present for your Microsoft Office document needs.
The unit on display at CES is fairly thin and light at 0.78 pounds and 0.48" thickness, but the white plastic back is said to be of the creaking type, and, overall, for this price, your Novo7 is not going to win any design awards.
1. andro. (Posts: 1994; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Hey for that price you can't complain,I can see plenty of people buying this for cheap and cheerful gaming and internet aswell as parents keeping kids happy as presents. The world is in recession and products like this will sell well
2. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
You guys are being pretty harsh on it! I would give it a try. I'm in middle school, and I have a billion and one friends who got $100ish tablets for Christmas. They're awful!! They always ask me for help. But the screens are unresponsive and badly modified Froyo with a wanna be, but inconvenient, iPad style home button are ridiculous. For having ICS and a seemingly good design is already good! Does it have the real market? Looks like a winner to me!
3. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3099; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
If this isnt a touch resistant screen and not a complete lag fest, then yes it will be worth the price. I can't wait to see a hands on on this tablet.
4. downphoenix (Posts: 2979; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
the article said capacitive touchscreen. For the price this sounds pretty awesome, I will probably wait on a couple reviews and see how it goes from there.
5. hepresearch (unregistered)
I would defintiely wait to hear the first reviews, but if I managed to scrape together $100 that I could waste, I would go for this in a heartbeat. It is refreshing to see someone breaking the trend with an affordable offering that has the potential to be decent, maybe even nice for the price. ICS, capacitive touchscreen, decent browser (maybe?), video chat via front camera, and onboard office document processor could help. 8" WVGA is plenty of resolution for me, 8GB internal memory will hold every digital file I have ever collected, and 1GHz processor will hopefully hold its own with the basic uses I would put this to. HDMI, microSD, and 2Mpix main camera are all bonuses as far as I'm concerned.
Last time we heard about this, I thought we were quoted a pricepoint of $120 but no US availability (except online), and I was ready to jump on that back then if I had money in hand, but this is now down to $100 and scheduled to be officially available in the US? Wonderful!
6. nacixem (Posts: 32; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
...any word on where and when? or too early to tell...