A new tablet from Ainol, a China-based electronics company, seems to have been inspired by the Google Nexus 7. Called the Novo 7 Venus, the device shares several commonalities with the Google budget tablet in terms of design, but offers a lower price tag. Thus, many have been calling it an alternative to the Google-branded slate. The Ainol Novo 7 Venus will set one back only around $140 to $156 while the least inexpensive variant of the Nexus 7 is priced at $200.
For the lower price, the Ainol Novo 7 Venus is packed with a 7-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Inside, it comes with a quad-core ATM7029 chip, which is much less powerful than the Nexus 7’s NVIDIA Tegra 3. Also available is 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is its operating system out of the box. Vivante GC1000 is its graphics processor whereas its battery has a capacity of 4000mAH. This should give around 5 to 10 hours of usage, according to Ainol.
Despite the price, it has some advantages over the Nexus 7. One of these is combination of a 2-megapixel camera on the slate’s rear and a VGA camera on its front. The Nexus 7, for its part, only has a front-facing camera. There is also a microSD card slot onboard the Ainol tablet to expand its memory for an extra 32GB. Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and support 3G/WCDMA through an external dongle, are the tablet’s connectivity options. Notably missing is GPS, however. Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, a mini USB port, support for eight languages, and a shell plastic casing.
As for its dimensions, the tablet spans 7.3″ x 5.” x 0.4″ and tips the scale at 11 oz.
Are you interested in the Ainol Novo 7 Venus, or will you pay extra for the Google Nexus 7?