Ainol Novo 10 Captain tablet unveiled – quad-core CPU, Jelly Bean and 1920 x 1200 pix res screen for $213

by: AdrianNovember 13, 2012

If the race for the snappiest smartphone with the highest resolution display is not just on, but crazy heated, the competition for the 10-inch tablet with the coolest screen seems to have stagnated a bit lately.

Apple and Google have basically brought into play the only two 10-inchers with a better display than the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700, a tab that’s close to celebrating its six-month birthday. Furthermore, there are no major players to have come out with a 1920 x 1200 pix res panel identical to the Infinity, which is too bad, because that resolution and the 224 ppi pixel density make the display look just stunning.

But if the world’s major tablet manufacturers are avoiding for some reason that kind of screen, we only need to turn our attention to China, where Ainol has just unveiled the Novo 10 Captain. This is the second time in just one week when Ainol is in the spotlight, but if you were impressed with the Novo 10 Hero tabs, the Captain will certainly leave you speechless.

The main attraction point of this new tab is certainly the 10.1-inch IPS display that boasts a 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution, but the quad-core ATM7029 CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz, the Mali 400 GPU and the running of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean should also contribute to the Captain’s wow factor.

The rest of the features are more down to earth and include 1 GB of RAM, a 2 MP rear-facing camera, a VGA front-facing webcam, microSD support, a mini USB port, HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The 10,000 mAh battery might be another great thing about the 10-incher, though until testing the tab out we can’t know for sure how will that huge capacity translate into real-life autonomy.

As for internal storage, the tab will be available in two versions, with 8 or 16 GB of memory, which is a bit odd, considering its high-end “material”. Then again, it’s obvious that this is a 10-incher meant for tech users on a budget, who’ll be glad to know that they can grab a Novo 10 Captain for as less as $212.90.

That’s of course the price of the 8 GB model, while the 16 GB version should go for $259.99. None of the two tabs is yet available for sale, but be sure to keep an eye on Ainol’s website and on DealsPrime until around mid-December. Especially that you should be able to have the tab shipped to you not only in China, but also across Europe or in the US for the right price.

Anyone looking forward to Captain’s release? Excited about that juicy panel? Worried about the possibly shady build quality? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Joshua Effrece

    Worried about shady build quality, but still going to buy it for that price.

  • i have novo 7 aurora 2 tab . everything maybe okay with this tab except it gets very hot when running a game.

  • Interested to read a review, but still probably going to order a Nexus 10 today instead of waiting for this.

    • MasterMuffin

      Great choice :)

    • muski

      Buddy if you haven’t yet bought that nexus 10, than i should tell you that this is a DEFINITE buy!
      Just got it tomorrow and its a wow thing bro!

      • Not exactly a review, but thanks for the personal experience. :)

        I had a Nexus 10 for a while, but sold it and got an iPad Mini. Now I’m totally hooked on an iPad-only game. Android tablets would have to do something pretty slick (split-screen multi-tasking? desktop mode while docked to an external monitor?) to get me to switch back.

  • joe

    I ordered one. The Nexus 10 not having microSD option was a deal breaker

  • Jared Persinger

    Nexus 10 for me

  • Billybob207

    Want this! But will wait for independent test and reviews. Curious about actual weight and option for keyboard case…essential item for regular use.

  • robbed

    I would never order anything through ainol-novo site again. My order never got shipped. I could not cancel the order either and get refund. The support there is on garage level. I filed a complaint at paypal and EC for fraud.

  • dium

    it should be mentioned that ainol-novo IS NOT official Ainol store, nor it is best or even official reseller. I would reccomend looking for it in other reputable china online stores.

  • XDA Developers (CZ+SK)

    Captain don’t exist. Ainol today share for us and shop companys 8 tablets:
    NOVO7 Venus
    NOVO7 Dragon
    NOVO7 Flame II
    NOVO7 Legend
    NOVO8 Dream
    NOVO10 Hero
    NOVO10 Hero II
    NOVO10 Everest – same specification Captain, but graphic GC1000

    Official International reseller is is not official reseller company selling only for profit.

  • CpuKnight

    Haiz this would be perfect if only they didnt use the ATM7029 CPU. Its because its based on Cortex A O.O So CPU performance is worst than MT6589 which was already bad considering it barely beat the Snapdragon S4 Dual Core.

  • muski

    Bought it yesterday and feeling awesome playing with it!

    • muski

      by the way, the specs are not correct on this page!

  • Amelia

    After buying an Ainol Novo 10 Captain from – and realizing than it’s a scam website (though I received my payment on time, and an email in a timely fashion when the battery issue presented itself [for which there is a firmware update available]), I read on the (Chinese website, barely translatable by Google Chrome) that it’s simply an Ainol Novo 10 (legit tablet model), they just called it a Captain (also engraved it in the serial number at the bottom). Check out and you’ll find reputable resellers for their Ainol 10 (Captain, if you’re at ainol-novo), and it’s exactly the same thing.

    • Amelia

      And by the way, the Novo 10 is pretty cool, but it is glitchy if you disable the heaps of weird Chinese apps that come stock on the tab. So be careful there.

    • muski

      Use sensible apps to make it stable. Let me know if anyone needs an assistance on what apps to install and which ones to disable! Cheers

  • Shomer

    I have had a Captain for about a month and am very pleasantly surprised with the build quality and specially the screen.
    I do however feel that it would benefit from changing the OS to the Cyanogenmod version.
    Does anyone know how this can be done without bricking it.