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MIPS-based Smart Tab 1 brings $125 Jelly Bean tablet to India

July 31, 2012

The MIPS-based Ainovo Novo 7 was the first tablet to run Android 4.0 and now another MIPS-based tablet will be among the very first to come out with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board. That tablet is called the Smart Tab 1 and it’s made by Karbonn Mobiles. We’ve recently received news that MIPS is working hard to bring Jelly Bean to all the tablets based on MIPS processors, and it seems we’re already seeing the results with the Smart Tab 1.

Google’s recently announced PDK tool for OEMs may also have something do with this, although I imagine it’s mostly possible thanks to MIPS own work. MIPS processors are not made by different companies, which can lead to innovation but also some incompatibilities, so the company has a lot less to worry about when porting a new version of Android to devices that use its own chips.

The Smart Tab 1 is a 7 incher like the Nexus 7, but costs almost half as much – $125. The processor on the Smart Tab 1 is a MIPS JZ4770 SoC, running at 1.2Ghz – so it’s not as fast as the Tegra 3 CPU in the Nexus 7, but it should run well enough, especially with Jelly Bean. Other specs include a 2 MP camera, 3G support via USB dongle, HDMI connectivity and microSD expansion up to 32GB. There’s no word on internal storage, so I assume the Smart Tab 1 doesn’t offer that much built-in memory.

The device actually came out in July running ICS, but it’s already being upgraded to Jelly Bean, and all the new models will be sold directly with Jelly Bean on board. However, the Smart Tab 1 is only available in India right now.