The race of the powerful smartphones is being contested in multiple fronts – from high powered processors and high capacity batteries to connectivity features, cameras and screen resolutions and sizes. When it comes to 10 inch tablets, the options are minimal because manufacturers are kind of tied down when it comes to screen sizes, but they still have to try outdo each other on the screen resolution and pixels density without making the devices too expensive. The newest entrant in the tablet market after Google’s Nexus 10 is Ainol, with their cheap $213 Novo 10 captain which features a quad-core processor and an impressive 1920 x 1200 pixels 10 inch screen with 224 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution density and the lowest price ever for a tablet with such specs.
Ainol, as you might have expected, is a Chinese company and this explains the impressive specs of the Novo 10 and the low price. The unveiling of the Novo 10 has gotten tongues wagging and many Android fans are wondering whether the costs of producing such a tablet can be less than $200 in China.
Google, the one company that we all rely on for quality yet cheap tablets and phones, managed to bring us the Nexus 10 16GB for $300, almost $90 more than what Novo 10 with 8GB internal memory. The $16GB version of Novo 10 Captain retails at $260, about $40 less than how much Nexus 10 with the same internal memory costs. Besides the 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 pixels screen, another main attraction of this tablet is the at 1.5 GHz quad-core ATM 7029 processor with Mali 400 GPU. This is also the only tablet I read about with a whopping 10,000 mAh battery – for now we just have to be impressed by the numbers as we cannot tell how well it actually performs in use.
Most other specs of the Novo 10 Captain tablet are less than impressive – and these perhaps explains how the company managed to keep the price of the tablet so low. These include the 1GB RAM which to me does not complement a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen, a 2 megapixels rear camera and a VGA front facing camera. Other specifications of this tablet are pretty much standard including a microSD card slot, a mini USB, HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity capabilities and GPS.
The tablet comes in two variations – an 8GB and a 16GB. The 16GB will be retailing at $260 and the 8GB will be selling for about $213. Both of these tablets have just been unveiled but they are not on the market yet. It is expected though that the tablets may be made available starting mid next month in China. We do not know whether the tablet will debut in the US or Europe as of yet, but in this age, interested individuals can order it online from Ainol’s website or DealsPrime and have it shipped to them from China.
Just last week, Ainol was on the news with their other Hero 10 tablets that retail for as little as $190 read about them here. With this development in mind, I think the Chinese companies, especially the little known ones coming up with great devices should work on penetrating the North American and the European markets and give market leaders a run for their money. In the end, it is the consumer that will benefit the most.
Processor: 1.5 GHz quad-core ATM 7029 processor with Mali 400 GPU
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Memory: 1GB RAM, Choice of 8GB and 16GB internal memory (with microSD card slot)
Display: 10.1 inch 1920 x 1200 IPS screen (~224 ppi pixels density)
Cameras: 2 megapixels rear, VGA front cameras
Battery: 10,000 mAh