Ainol made a big splash last year when it delivered the first tablet to come out with ICS, and, equally impressive, costing only $100.
Google worked with the Chinese company to help them release such a cheap tablet that came with the latest version of Android so soon after release. Now Ainol is doing it again with, Novo 7 Crystal, a new dual-core tablet that is released with Jelly Bean out of the box and has a 7-inch IPS display at 1024×600 resolution. The new tablet costs just $139.
The other specs of the Ainol Novo 7 Crystal include a Cortex A9 CPU, a Mali 400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. The new Ainol tablet will be Wi-Fi-only, although there’s room for a 3G modem on board. It weighs only 328 grams, and measures 11.2 mm in thickness. It also comes with a microSD slot, and mini-HDMI and mini-USB ports. The tablet will launch on September 28.
While Google has just released the Nexus 7, they clearly want as many Android tablets on the market as possible, especially if they happen to use the stock version of Android, like the Ainol Novo 7 Crystal does. Android tablets haven’t sold that well, and a lower price point might convince a lot of people, especially in Asian countries, to buy them over anything else out there.
If they keep it up, Ainol could become a big tablet name in Asia, but also in Western countries. The Chinese company could sell its affordable slates to regular people who don’t need all the bells and whistles of a higher end tablet. As long as the Novo 7 Crystal provides a good experience, and allows them to check their e-mail, check Facebook, and browse the web, most people will be satisfied with it, even if lacks a well-known logo on the back.