Android 4.0 – aka Ice Cream Sandwich – has officially made its tablet debut on the Ainovo Novo7 in China ahead of all other major Android manufacturers.
The landmark slate, which costs a bewildering £60, sports a seven-inch capacitive touchscreen, a none-too-shabby MIPS-based 1GHz processor, a rear-mounted two-megapixel camera with a front-facing VGA and 4GB of internal storage, which can be expanded further via the microSD slot.
It also comes with 1080p video decoding, plus an HDMI 1.3 port for viewing content on a compatible TV.
The Novo7’s impressive specs, not to mention cheap-as-chips price tag and the fact it is the first commercially available tablet to market to run Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box didn’t go unnoticed by Android main-man Andy Rubin, who gave it a glowing endorsement.
"I'm thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-Based Android 4.0 tablets into the market," Rubin said.
"Low cost, high performance tablets are a big win for mobile consumers and a strong illustration of how Android's openness drives innovation and competition for the benefit of consumers around the world."
We can’t help but think this could be the perfect Christmas present. Importing one will cost around £60 more, but even £120 seems like a relatively modest price for what you’re getting. If you’re a patient though, MIPS confirmed the Novo7 will be available outside China in the ‘next several months’. Eight- and nine-inch versions are also in the pipeline.