It’s fair to say whoever comes out with a flagship device to showcase the latest Android operating system will get a lot of attention from the media. For a while now, it appeared Asus would be the first company to release an Android 4.0 tablet. We’re here to say Asus has been beaten to the punch. MIPS Technologies and Ingenic Semiconductor have created and released the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet in China. It’s also available online. Furthermore, the tablet known as the NOVO7, only costs $99 ($159 after shipping).
Normally we wouldn’t hold an Android tablet that starts its life in China in such high regard, but the NOVO7 has actually been recognized by Google’s Andy Rubin. That makes us think there’s a slight chance this device could actually be worth the money.
The NOVO7 will make its way out of China and into the United States and other locations within the next several months. As its name suggests, the NOVO7 has a 7-inch screen along with a 1GHz processor, front and rear cameras, HDMI support, USB support, Wi-Fi, external 3G (probably via USB), 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and it’s certified to run Google applications.
It all sounds way too good to be true. We can’t wait to see how this thing holds up against other Android tablets.