Ainol NOVO 7 Crystal II Quad Core 7″ Tablet is Available for $99

Earlier this year, several blogs and news website reported about Cherry Mobile, a 7″ Android tablet powered by Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 quad core Cortex A9 processor, that sells for just $99 in the Philippines. This morning I’ve found a quad core tablet with similar specifications that also sells for $99 on Asiapads (after using AINOLCII coupon) . The Ainol NOVO 7 Crystal II comes with a 7″ touchscreen, is powered by ATM7029 SoC with 1GB RAM and, 8GB NAND Flash.

Ainol NOVO Crystal IITablet Specifications:

  • SoC – Actions Semi ATM7029 Quad Core Cortex A9 @ 1.5 GHz + Vivante GC1000 (Plus) GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage –  8GB NAND Flash + micro SD slot
  • Display –  7-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD (Resolution: 1024*600)
  • Connectivity – WiFi: 802.11b/g/n
  • Camera – 0.3 MP front camera
  • Video Output – mini HDMI
  • Audio I/O – 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • USB – 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Video container formats – AVI, MP4, FLV, 3GP, MKV, WMV, etc. (1080p)
  • Audio formats – MP3, WMA, WAV, APE, FLAC, AAC, OGG, etc
  • Sensors – Accelerometer, automatic steering display screen, G-sensor
  • Battery – 3700 mAh Li-ion. Battery Life: Up to 5 hours surfing the web using WiFi)
  • Power supply: 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 189.3 x 120 x 11.2mm
  • Weight – 335g

This Android 4.1 tablet is sold with a power adapter, a USB cable and a user’s manual in Chinese. I wrote about an other ATM7029 tablet before, and one the weak point of this SoC is Vivante GC1000 Plus GPU which is supposed to perform twice as slow as Vivante GC2000. However, the latter does not perform exactly great in Android, at least compared to Mali-400MP4 and PowerVR SGX544MP2. I had never heard about GC1000 Plus, only GC1000 before, so I don’t know what the “Plus” may bring.

There’s a comprehensive review of Aino NOVO 10 Hero II (ATM7029) on tabletrepulic, and the benchmark results are usually disappointing, except with Antutu v3.

Novo 10 Hero II (ATM7029) Benchmark Results against Other Tablets (Click to Enlarge)

The relatively poor results have even led to a “ATM7029 Cortex A5 or A9?” debate.

ATM7029 may not be the faster processor around, but it will still (usually) beat dual core processor, and it offers a good price/performance ratio for $99. The device also sells for similar prices, in some cases closer to $90, on Aliexpress.

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The AOSON M723 is $99 too with that SoC:

There are good options for range “under $100”, thats great. Few time ago can not guess Quad Cores for this price


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