Ainol Novo 7 Basic

Released December, 2011
  • 7"
  • 8 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 4.0
When we first heard about the Novo7 Basic, we found it frankly hard to believe that a $99 tablet could feature a capacitive touchscreen.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
6.1 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Ainol Novo 7 Basic


Processing power and speed

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Nexus 7


3D and 2D graphics

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Nexus 7
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

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How long will the battery last

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Nexus 7
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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Benchmarks Real world tests of the Ainol Novo 7 Basic

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Reviews Word on the street for the Ainol Novo 7 Basic

The Novo7 Basic is indeed capacitive, but unfortunately that is the only happy surprise you'll find when interacting with the display.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


That's not necessarily something to hold against such an inexpensive tablet, but even on its own merits the screen is not a pleasure to look at.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
The Ubislate 7 was making headlines as a low-cost Android tablet for India and its resistive touchscreen had been the norm for the very low end.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
The edge around the front of device is a sharp 90-degree angle, with a large seam between the screen casing and the rest of the body.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)


It also has a processor we haven't yet seen much of, based on the MIPS architecture.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
The issue appears to be that most apps are coded to expect support from an ARM-based processor, not a MIPS-based processor.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
Intel is pushing hard to get its own processors on Android devices — Lenovo and Motorola already have phones planned and more are coming.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)


As nice as the built-in apps were, they will never be a substitute for full participation in a robust ecosystem of apps.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
Perhaps as a way to amend for all this, Ainovo preloaded the Novo7 Basic with a few apps, including the Kindle reader app and some games to showcase the tablet's capabilities.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
Though sideloading apps was a hit-and-miss affair, we did install the Amazon Market in order to get some additional apps loaded beyond what came with the tablet.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)

Operating system

In fact, using the core elements of the OS is surprisingly passable — at least if you grade it on the curve of ulta-cheap tablets.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
Theoretically, you can use the option to connect a 3G or 4G dongle — but you'll be on your own in getting the software to work on Ice Cream Sandwich (we couldn't get ours to work).
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
As such, none of the core Google apps nor Android Market are present on this device.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)

Operating System

That score only tells part of the story, though, as the actual experience of using the browser would test even the most patient Zen masters.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
As it was technically the first tablet to be launched with Android 4.0, you might be tempted to think that Ainovo's Novo7 Basic had some sort of "in" with Google, but you would be wrong.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)
The 7-inch screen is surrounded by a fairly large bezel, which is larger on the right to accommodate a vertical row of capacitive buttons, none of which are at all necessary on a tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich.
by The Verge (Feb, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 7"
Technology TN LCD
Resolution 800 x 480
PPI 133 ppi


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
Bluetooth None
Supports 3G No


Cores Single core
Clock speed 1 GHz


Has a GPS No
Has a compass No
Has an accelerometer No
Has a gyroscope No
Has a light sensor No


Internal storage 8 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB
Supported card formats microSD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 0.3 MP
Rear camera 2 MP


USB support None
Hdmi support HDMI 1.0
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 580 g
Size 187.5 x 112 x 12 mm
Thickness 12 mm
Battery life 8 hour
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