Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the first version of Google’s mobile operating system that’s designed to support phones and tablets — and that means that companies making dirt cheap tablets can finally use the latest Android software. Chip designer MIPS has announced that one of is first Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet for $99 price tag with a 1GHz single-core MIPS-based XBurst CPU called the Novo 7.
The tablet has a 7-inch screen, but the firm says that it will offer 8-inch and 9-inch devices soon. The new tablet is in Japan only right now, but it will come to the US and other countries soon. It supports 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and has a USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.3 port, also a microSD card slot. There’s a 2MP camera on the back, a front-facing camera for video chat and around 4GB of onboard storage. According to MIPS, the Novo 7 can decode Full HD 1080p video, it can play Game loft genuine games (Spider-Man is pre-installed), and the battery lasts for 30 hours on standby, 6 hours when gaming, 25 hours for music, 8 hours for video, and 7 hours for browsing the Web.
According to Andy Rubin, senior vice president of mobile at Google, “I’m thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-Based Android 4.0 tablets into the market. Low cost, high performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android’s openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world.”
At present, the Novo 7 is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd.