We’ve heard about a $100 tablet from Rockchip that will be showcased at CES 2012 and now comes yet another affordable slate with a similar price tag. I’m talking about the Novo7 Basic, a 7 inch slate that recently went through a hands on test courtesy of The Verge.
The device is available in China from Ainovo and it’s the fruit of the cooperation between Ingenic and MIPS. This 7 incher runs on a XBurst 1GHz processor from Ingenic, it features 512MB of internal memory, 8GB of storage and it lacks Google apps, but it allows you to sideload all the software you want and need. The screen on this baby is a capacitive one, to everyone’s surprise, since at such a low price one would expect to receive a resistive touch experience.
The problem here is the resolution that’s a measly 800 x 480 pixels and also we’re dealing with a dim display with poor color reproduction. Build quality is of course from the lower class side, but for $99 what do you expect? Overall, the device measures 12.3mm and I must mention you get HDMI out on this device, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm audio jack, a USB 2.0 port and a 2 megapixel camera at the back, as well as a 0.3MP cam upfront. Android 4.0 provides an experience that’s vastly similar to the one of Honeycomb, with the applications button in the upper right hand corner and the settings in the lower right area.
The novelty here is mainly the locks screen with a circle of your 5 recently sued apps. More details about the hands on is found in the source link below.