Novo7-First Android 4.0 tablet @ $99!!

Buying a tablet with a freshly-pressed Android OS — like the just open-sourced Ice Cream Sandwich— is typically going to set you back a few bucks. In the case of the Ainovo Novo 7, however, it’s very few bucks. About $150 to be semi-exact. No, you probably don’t recognize the Ainovo brand name, but at $99 and an extra $60 to cover shipping and handling from inside the Great Wall, you might be willing to take the plunge anyway.
What does your hundred bucks-plus get you? Unfortunately, Ainovo isn’t generous with the details. The Novo 7 ships with a decent 1GHz MIPS processor paired with a Vivante GC860 GPU, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD), Wi-Fi support, front and rear cameras, and the ability to play back full 1080P video. Ainovo estimates that the Novo 7′s battery can yield 7 to 8 hours of cord-free use, and it also ships with Spider-Man: Total Mayhem. The webpage doesn’t note the resolution of the Novo 7′s 7-inch capacitive display, but it’s likely putting out 800×480 pixels.
In fact, the Novo 7 looks an awful lot like this N7 asteroid tablet at Amazon, which ships with Android 3.2. If the form factors are a match, you can expect your Novo 7 to weigh in at about 12.5 ounces and measure around a half inch thick. It might not be the belle of the ball, but what do you expect for this kind of money?
If you’re a stickler for quality, you’re probably better off picking up a Kindle Fire for $199, rooting it, and waiting for someone in the dev community to roll an Ice Cream Sandwich port.


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