Usually, when people hear about Chinese Android-based tablets, they run for their lives, expecting poor build quality or low performance. Or, in many cases, both. However, there are the occasional exceptions of tabs coming out of that corner of the world that are budget-friendly, snappy and reliable, all in one package. Oh, and not clones.
Such gadgets might be the newly unveiled Novo 10 Hero and Novo 10 Hero 2, coming from Ainol, a name that might ring some bells after the releasing of an ICS-based tablet for $100 and a dual-core 7-incher with Jelly Bean for just $140.
Now Ainol has bumped the prices a bit, but it’s not like you won’t get what you pay for and probably a few extras. The Novo 10 Hero duo includes a budget-conscious dual-core tab and a super-fast quad-core one, both sporting 10-inch displays and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
The more expensive tab, the Hero 2, comes with a 1.5 GHz Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 quad-core CPU, an ARM Mali 400 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. The display is an IPS 1280 x 800 pix res one, while other features include 16 GB of on-board memory, microSD support, a mini USB port, HDMI, GPS, Wi-Fi, an 8,000 mAh battery, and 2 MP/0.3 MP dual cameras.
The Hero 2 also comes with support for an external 3G dongle, so it has basically all the features it needs to be called a high-end device (except, maybe, a high resolution screen). As far as pricing goes, Ainol lists the tab on its website at $209.90, but the Hero 2 is already out of stock. Meanwhile, Gadget Greats has it in stock, but it’s asking a slightly heftier $239.99 and promising early December shipping.
Slightly lower on the Android “food chain”, the Novo 10 Hero looks identical to its “brother” on the exterior, while coming with just one major tweak under the hood. The quad-core CPU is downgraded to a dual-core Cortex A9-based 8726-MX Amlogic CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz. Other than that, the two tabs are identical in terms of specs too.
Unlike the quad-core tab, the Novo 10 Hero is in stock at both Ainol’s website and Gadget Greats. The latter is actually offering the better deal, at $193.99, while the company’s official site sells it for $199.90. You should have no problem getting either retailer to ship it to you basically anywhere across the world, although you might have to cough up some big bucks to get it in Europe or the US.
Anyone interested in either “hero” device? Why? Why not?
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Just checked out the site…the tablet doesn’t have gps!
Owners of previous Ainol tablets know to expect poor build quality. Read a few forums online such as http://slatedroid.com/
I also bought a Novo 7 Flame tablet through tabletsprint.com and its worked out great – haven’t had any problems – every manufacturer is going to have some bad apples — even Apple
In the United States, one of the first resellers to offer the new line of Ainol Novo Series tablets, including the Hero is TabletSprint and they also offer with each tablet, a free 3G/4G 500MB monthly data plan with full internet access/VoIP calling within the U.S. – pretty nice deal –
Got my first Hero from a store on AliExpress and there are definitely issues. Won’t boot up without holding down the power button and it turns off when you let it go. Apparently all having to do with F/W issues so now looking to flash the tab. Not exactly what you want to have to do with a new toy :(
Seriously…with the kind of offering these guys give you for the price they charge, your only complaint should be that they aren’t giving the tablets out for free. I’ve owned 3 Ainols – 2 Elfs and 1 Crystal and they’ve lived up to their price if not exceeded it. You’ll hit a few bugs here and there which is not exactly a deal breaker since even the high end manufacturers offer you the same kind of flip of the coin. It’s easy to be critical of a New Kid because you don’t carry a brand logo on your product but if you’re more concerned with what’s in the box, rather than what’s on it, then Ainol is doing a stellar job. I recommend them even as I head out to place my order for the Hero.