Yeah, yeah, yeah. Another relatively unknown Nexus 7 competitor looking to get in on the action and will likely fail. Or is that not the case here? China is a powerhouse of electronic manufacturers and one such company by the name of Ainol looks to offer a high powered, low priced dual-core and quad-core tablet that's on par with the Nexus line.
In fact, they've already sold out of one of their tablets. Back in September, they released the Novo 7 Crystal which featured a decent dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage, and the same resolution display as the iPad Mini, all for just $139.
Now, they've come out with the Novo Hero and Hero 2 which aren't too shabby at all. The big difference between the two is that one has a dual-core processor while the other has a quad-core processor. Here's the specs:
- 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 display
- 1.5 GHz Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 quad-core processor with ARM Mali 400 GPU in Hero 2
- 1.5 GHZ Cortex-A9 dual-core processor in Hero
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage with microSD card slot
- 2 megapixel rear-facing camera
- VGA front-facing camera
- HDMI, GPS, WiFi
- 8,000 mAh battery
- Stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
The price for all that? The Novo Hero 10 with a dual-core processor will run you just $193.99 at Gadget Greats while the Hero 2 will run you $239.99 at the same site. For what you get, these prices are pretty impressive.
As with any electronic from a rather unknown Chinese manufacturer, one should always exercise caution and see reviews first before buying. Also, it goes without saying that getting updates after you buy is pretty unlikely.
The Hero is said to ship out November 10th while the Hero 2 will ship in early December "or when released". Below are a couple videos of the Novo Hero 10 being unboxed as well as showing off benchmarks and how well it handles gaming.