Enterprise Mobility: CES Highlight: Ice Cream Sandwich Novo7 Tablet Costs $100
MIPS Technologies scored some first-mover points for the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show a month ago when it announced its 7-inch, Ainovo Novo7 Basic tablet, the first slate to run Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. ICS, a merging of the Android 2.x smartphone branch and Android 3.x Honeycomb branch for tablets, includes software navigation keys, a holographic user interface and several other UI improvements. The Novo7 tablet is powered by a 1GHz CPU built by MIPS and an application processor from Ingenic Semiconductor. The tablet, which will soon be offered with 8-inch and 9-inch displays, will be available in the United States within several months for only $100. When you see a price point like that for a tablet, the quick assumption is that it's a budget-friendly gadget that sacrifices quality to a significant degree, which our evaluation confirmed. To see how it stacks up with other Android tables, eWEEK got its hands on this Novo7 to put it through its paces before CES kicks into high gear. Enjoy this hands-on evaluation.
A Spare, 7-Inch Slate
This is one of the smaller 7-inch tablets we've gotten our mitts on. It weighs only .78 pounds, making it a super lightweight in terms of portability. It measures 7.4 inches long, 4.4 inches wide and 0.48 inches thick. The white plastic back cover made frequent clicking and creaking noises when we handled or touched the buttons.