First Android ICS tablet NOVO7 is based on MIPS processor, costs $99, and is endorsed by Andy Rubin

First Android ICS tablet NOVO7 is based on MIPS processor, costs $99, and is endorsed by Andy Rubin
Silicon from the Californian MIPS Technology is powering a 7" tablet that runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich and can be yours for $99 plus $66 shipping charges. This breaks three milestones right there - the sub-$100 barrier, the first with Android ICS, and the first non-ARM ICS slate with MIPS SoC.

The NOVO7 slate uses the MIPS-based XBurst processor from the Chinese Ingenic Semiconductor, called JZ4770. The SoC runs at 1GHz and includes the Vivante GC860 GPU, which allows for 1080p video playback and 3D games. The tablet maker claims 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.



source: MIPSTechnologies, Ainovo via AndroidCentral

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25 Comments

1. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

sounds very interesting for this price

2. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

$99 that's €74. This is so cheap.

5. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Let's not overlook the $66 shipping charge

12. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

" 1. * o NOVO7NOVO7$99.00 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: Nov 17, 2011

Did I mention 99% of the time shipping is nonrefundable?

3. Habib

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 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: Oct 05, 2011

dude i doubt the revolution will ever get ics.

8. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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: Nov 21, 2011

My eris can run ICS for the most part. and we all know thats a single core

14. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

i believe even arc s will get updated to ics

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

My Captivate is running on ICS 4.0.1. Works pretty nice.

6. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

7. ore123

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

nexus s will run ICS

9. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 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: Dec 05, 2011

Need more info about its CPU/GPU and some benchmarking.

11. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

On GSMArena.com, it was indicated that it's resolution might be a WVGA.

17. droidguy2323

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 23, 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: Oct 05, 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: Nov 28, 2011

ICS can run just fine on a decent single core processor, likely even smoother than gingerbread

20. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 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: Feb 17, 2010

I'm waiting for the totally voice controlled Jellybean Android 5

23. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 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: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

chinese maker android anything = garbage

25. dalek

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

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