Ainol pounced on the world last year when the Chinese tablet maker launched the world’s first Android 4.0 ICS tablet in the form of it’s $99 Ainol Novo 7, now they are gearing up to launch an all new dual-core $139 Jelly Bean tablet called the Ainol Novo 7 Crystal.
The Ainol Novo 7 Crystal will continue with Ainol’s winning formula of producing high performance 7-inch Android tablets with the latest Android flavour at extremely competitive prices!
The Crystal is going to feature Android 4.1 Jelly Bean running on a dual-core Amlogic 8726-M6 Cortex A9 which will be helped along with 1GB RAM and a tried and tested Mali 400 GPU.
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On the screen front Ainol are sticking with their favourite size which is 7 inches but is giving the Novo 7 Crystal a high resolution 1,024 x 600 IPS screen, which while noting new in itself is still a pretty flashy screen to find on a $139 Android Jelly Bean tablet.
Engadget reporter Sarah Silbert reports that the Ainol Novo 7 Crystal will only ship as a Wi-Fi only tablet but:
there’s room for a 3G modem on board
I’m not sure if this means we can add our own aftermarket 3G or if this just means the dual-core Crystal will support a 3G dongle.
Ainol say the new dual-core Crystal models should be ready to ship and available in stores from the end of September, but given how most Chinese phone and tablet manufacturers can’t seem to manage to work to schedules don’t expect to get a new Ainol Novo 7 Crystal until early October.