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MIPS launches Android ICS tablet at $99

Posted: 08 Dec 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Android 4.0  Ice Cream Sandwich 

As the world is waiting for the commercial launch of 'Aakash' which is touted as world's cheapest tablet, US-based MIPS Technologies, designer of mobile microprocessor technologies, has announced the availability of world's first tablet based on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Novo7, for less than Rs.4,484.30 ($100).

Along with its partner Ingenic Semiconductor, a China-based CPU provider for mobile multimedia applications, MIPS has launched Novo7 with some decent features which might give 'Aakash' a tough competition.

Powered by Ingenic's JZ4770 mobile applications processor, the tablet leverages a MIPS-based XBurst CPU running at 1GHz.

With a 7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen, the tablet will support WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3 and microSD, as well as 3D graphics with the Vivante GC860 GPU, 1080p video decoding and dual front/rear cameras. The company also plans to launch the tablet in 8 and 9-inch versions.

According to Andy Rubin, senior vice president, mobile, Google, "Low cost, high performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android's openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world."

"We applaud Ingenic's accomplishment in developing this new high-performance, feature-rich Android 4.0 tablet, and offering it at a price point that makes it widely accessible. We look forward to teaming with Ingenic as it continues to develop MIPS-Based mobile innovations," said Sandeep Vij, president and chief executive officer, MIPS Technologies.

The new Android 4.0 tablet is available in China and online through Ainol Electronics Co., Ltd. It will be available in the United States and other geographies within the next several months under brands from companies including Leader International Inc. and OMG Electronics Ltd.

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