Monday, May 28, 2012

Ainol Novo 7 Aurora

Some of these tablets made from lesser known Chinese companies are getting pretty interesting. Ainol's Novo 7 Aurora is a thin and light version of the Ainol Novo 7 Elf we looked at a few months ago. And the light aspect is what interests us.

Quick specifications:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with access to Google Play
  • 7-inch 600 x 1024 IPS display
  • 8 GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD Card
  • 1 GB RAM
  • AllWinner 1.2 GHz A10 processor
  • Mali 400 Graphics
  • WiFi
  • Mini HDMI out
  • Mini USD
  • 3700 mAh battery
  • 9 mm thin
  • 313 grams in weight
  • Market price of about Php6,999

In addition to the usual tasks you are likely to do with a tablet, this Novo 7 Aurora should make a decent low cost gaming platform. While 7-inch tablets are a handy enough size for use in the hands, they weigh a lot more than your typical hand held gaming console. 

A PS Vita for example weighs in at a nice handy 260 to 278 grams. The first generation Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch weighed in at 384 grams, and the newer lighter variants weigh in at 345 grams or so. The Ainol Novo 7 Aurora tips the scapes at 313 grams, coming closer to the weight of a gaming console, making it friendlier when used in hand. The lighter weight is likely to the less than premium quality material used, but at Php6,800 we don't expect too much.

The use of a IPS display instead of a ordinary LCD improves the visual experience, and the Mali 400 graphics should do a decent job of playing most 3D games. Still, this tablet wont run games that require dual core processors. Ainol does have the dual core Novo 7 Elf II, but we have not seen that on local shelves yet.

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