Ainol tablets are attractive because it has a good balance of features and price and it’s not too shabby in the build department. When the Google Nexus 7 tablet came out, I thought it spelled doom for tablets like Ainol’s Novo 7 Aurora since the Nexus 7 is so aggressively priced it seems no longer practical to get an Ainol tablet.
Ainol apparently doesn’t want to easily go down without putting up a good fight. The Chinese tablet manufacturer is going to start offering the Ainol Novo 7 Crystal, a 7-inch tablet that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that only costs $139. That’s $60 dollars cheaper than the $199 Nexus 7. Suddenly, Ainol seems to have a good fighting chance.
In terms of design, the Novo 7 Crystal seems to share the design of the Novo 7 Aurora. If it’s the same build and materials, it’s actually good news since I have reviewed the Aurora and I liked its build quality. The Novo 7 Crystal comes in white and black colors.
The Novo 7 Crystal is not bad when it comes to hardware specs. The cheap price tag gets you a new dual-core 1.5GHz Amlogic 8726-M6 Cortex A9 processor, a Mali 400 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, a microSD card slot, a mini-USB port and a mini-HDMI. The 7-inch IPS display has 1,024 x 600 resolution which means it has wide viewing angles compared to non-IPS displays. The Novo 7 Crystal will be WiFi-only so if you’re looking for 3G, this is not for you. For the $139 price however, the lack of 3G connectivity should really not be an issue.
The Ainol Novo 7 Crystal starts shipping on September 28, though there’s no word if the Philippines will get the tablet immediately at launch.