At the mention of tablets or smartphones made in china, most people automatically assume that these are devices cloned from reputable manufacturers, or sub-standard devices that never pass any quality checks. This may be true in some cases, but most devices that make it out of China are actually great devices that rival those made by giant companies such as HTC, Samsung and ASUS. One good thing about these Chinese devices too is that since labor and materials are cheap there, and the government does not tax these devices that much, their prices are often very low, sometimes ridiculously low.
You may have heard of a Chinese manufacturer called Ainol, awhile back it introduced a $100 7 inch tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich and an another 7 incher running on Jelly Bean and a dual-core processor for $140, $50 cheaper than Google’s Nexus 7. This time, Ainol is introducing quality built tablets at a low price of just $190. The prices may seem bumped up a bit considering earlier tablets were priced at $100 and $140 but these new tablets have better specifications including dual core and quad core processors.
The Novo 10 and Novo 10 Hero 2 tablets are decently priced for 10 inch tablets. The Novo 10 tablet is a budget tablet with a 1.5 GHz dual core Cortex A9 8726-MX Amlogic processor with a Mali 400 GPU, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB internal memory and microSD card slot and a 10.1 Inch 1280X800 pixels resolution IPS with full angle capability. Other specifications include WiFi, external 3G card, mini USM port, card reader, rear 2.0 megapixels and front 0.3 megapixels cameras and an impressive 8,000 mAh battery.
The more expensive Novo Hero 2 on the other hand comes with a better 1.5 GHz quad-core Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB onboard memory, front 0.3 megapixels and rear 2.0 megapixels cameras, a 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 pixels resolution screen, built-in GPS, and the same 8,000 mAh battery that the Novo 10 comes with. The only difference, it seems, is the number of cores the processors have.
The Novo 10 Hero is currently listed on Ainol’s website for $199 slashed down from $219 but it is isted for $193.99 at Gadget Greats website while the Novo Hero 2 retails at $209 on Ainol’s website but it is currently out of stock.
I cannot vouch for the build and quality of these tablets, but if reviews of the earlier 7 inch tablets are anything to go by, these are tablets are woth having buying if you can buy them online. It is such a pity though that Ainol, being a small company, may not market the tablets around the world, especially in Europe and the US markets.