Amazon’s decision to launch the $200 Kindle Fire tablet may have opened the floodgates for cheap Android tablets. Many other device manufacturers are now launch cheap tablets around the same price range, well below the price of the Apple iPad, the king of tablets worldwide. Barnes & Noble recently unveiled the Nook Tablet priced $249, and even Archos announced the new Archos 70b, a $199 Android Honeycomb tablet. We have even seen the launch of the very cheap Aakash and UbiSlate 7 tablets in India.
Now, a Chinese manufacturer has announced a $120 tablet – the Ainol Novo7 Paladin. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is probably the cheapest ICS tablet around. It is available on some seemingly legit online shopping portals like PandaWill and Merimobiles.
The Ainol Novo7 tablet is powered by a 1 GHz JZ4770 Xburst MIPS processor and a Vivante GC860 graphics processor, which can manage 1080p HD video playback. It comes with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. It has a 7 inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. While the hardware isn’t spectacular, it is capable enough of running Ice Cream Sandwich. It will likely come with Android Market support as well. It’s definitely a great deal for just $120.