There is a new kid on the block that wants the budget tablet crown.
The Bmorn v11 is very similar to the Novo 7 advanced. It has a 7 inch 5 point multitouch capacitive screen. It has the same Allwinner a10 chip. Same Mali-400 GPU. Same operating system. Same... well, just about everything! It is also being sold at the same price point as the Novo.
The only difference being the Bmorn v11 only has a front facing camera.
It is also claiming to be the first tablet to support 3d Output to TV.
7 inch capacitive touch screen；5-point touch
Resolution: 800X480 pixels
Chipset: Allwinner A10
GPU: Mali-400 GPU @350MHZ
Operating System：ANDROID 2.3, Support Flash 10.3
Ram: DDRIII 512 MB
Camera: front: 0,3MP
3G: Support 3G dongle (EVDO/TD-SCDMA/WCDMA optional)
Wifi: Built-in WIFI, 802.11 b/g/n
TV-OUT function: 1080p HDMI output
Language: Support multi languages
Supported computer system: Windows2K/XP/Vista/Windows7/Linux2.4/MAC OS 10.4 systems
USB connection: USB2.0 high speed transmission
Battery: polymer lithium battery
Flash memory: 2GB/4GB/8GB/16GB
TF card memory: up to 32GB
And i think its rather good looking too. Maybe not as nice as the Novo 7. But still nice.
I think this is great news for the Novo 7. As Ainol will have to make sure they are one step ahead in terms of supporting the Novo with firmwares and the like, to ensure customers purchase the Novo7 over the Bmorn v11.
There is already a growing community here and Ainol have been good and prompt so far at releasing new firmware. So i think the Novo7 is way ahead at the moment because they are the most important things and i don't know about Bmorn's track record regarding support.
Of course the Bmorn v11 might have the same specs on paper, but whether it all comes together and performs as well as the Novo7 is still to be seen. Can't find any reviews yet. But i really hope it does because........
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If these 2 devices perform as well as each other and are priced the same then they are both going to sell well. The 2 companies will have to do something to make sure someone buys their tablet over the competition. And with Android 4 AOSP reportedly being released shortly after Nov 17 I'm hoping they battle it out to get ICS on these tablets. A sub £$150 7inch with ICS on board would sell like hotcakes. Surly its too good an opportunity to be missed.
The bmorn v11 does have a honeycomb droid printed on the back of the device so maybe they are looking into porting honeycomb in the future. But that sticker could mean many things. They might be waiting for Honeycomb AOSP in order to run that on the tab(would seem a waste of time with ICS coming out) . Could be for a Basic version like we have. Or because of a honeycomb interface, or hey it could just be someone's sticker. Anyway...
I really hope Ainol and Bmorn will fight it out to get ICS up and running on their tablet first, the best they possibly can. When there is competition like this its the customer who reaps the rewards. I'm hoping so anyway.
Let the battle commence!