Android 4.0 powered $100 tablet heads stateside
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The competition for Kindle Fire increases as it no longer remains one of the cheapest tablet on the market as US based MIPS technologies and Ingenic Semiconductor, a China Based mobile chip provider announces its Android 4.0 based tablets. This is also the world’s first tablet based on Ice Cream Sandwich and now shipping in China at only $100 and is called NOVO7.
Andy Rubin, senior vice president of mobile at Google said in his statement that he is thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS based Android 4.0 tablets in the market. This low cost and high performance tablet is a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illusion of how Android’s openness drives innovation and competition can benefit the consumers across the world.
Until now the tablet is available only in China and online through Ainol Electronics, but will be available in the US markets along with other countries within the next several months. It will be marketed under brands from companies including Leader International and OMG Electronics.
This model includes a 7inch capacitive multitouch display and is powered by MIPS based JZ4770 processor running at 1GHz. It is equipped with a Vivante GC860 graphics processing unit, capable of decoding 1080p video.
Some other specifications include dual front/rear camera where the rare one is of 2MP, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3 and a micro SD card slot. The device is also to be released in some other sizes of 8 and 9 inches later.