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Chinese Ainol Novo 7 Venus Looks Eerily Familiar to the Nexus 7, But For Only $140

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In the world of electronics, there is always bound to be some copy cats. Not that this company intentionally set out to copy the Nexus 7, but Ainol Novo’s 7 Venus tablet and the Nexus do share a few characteristics. For example, both tablets sport 1280×800 hi-res displays, along with quad-core processors – albeit the 7 Venus is not powered by a Tegra 3. 

They share a few physical attributions as well, but either way, that is not really the point. The tablet is now on sale through Ainol’s website for the low price of $140 for 16GB. It may not be running Android 4.2.1 or even 4.2, but it is a good sign that other companies are taking notes from ASUS and Google in terms of hardware design.

Specs:

  • Android 4.1
  • 1.5GHz Quad Core Atm7029
  • Quad Core GPU GC1000+
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • 7″ display (1280 x 800) IPS
  • 2MP back-facing camera
  • 0.3MP front-facing camera

The tablet does not currently support Bluetooth or GPS, but there is a dongle that comes separately for anyone interested in those features. Just remember the old saying, you get what you pay for.

Via: Ainol Novo

Cheers Nicola!

  • George Kountouris

    I just got my Ainol Novo 7 venus tablet today. Nice tablet. I got my wife the Nexus 7 for Christmas. I benchmarked the 2 tablets using quadrant standard. The Ainol was 2295 while the Nexus 7 was 3646. The Ainol tablet (per quadrant) reported a 4 core processor ARMv7 with a current clock of 1008 MHz and a max clock of 1200MHz (I don’t know how accurate that reporting is though). The action on it felt smooth, but not like the buttery feel of the 4.2.1 Android on the Nexus 7. I think that if updated to 4.2.1 the Ainol would have a similar feel to it. The Ainol does not feel cheap it has the back camera, no GPS (but I won’t miss that), no bluetooth (I would miss bluetooth tethering until I root my Rezound to get wifi hotspot)micro SD slot, HDMI, it came with a micro host mode OTG adapter, so I can plug a USB thumb drive, or keyboard into it. It will charge from the micro USB port (but so will the Nexus)- albeit slow charging. The display is as nice as the Nexus 7. All in all I was pleasantly surprised for the $140 I paid (includes shipping)- it works as an easy replacement to the Nexus. Now we have to wait to see how well it holds up- but I’m impressed so far, and I usually hate off brand Android like Archos,Coby and stuff like that. Oh…it comes rooted already.

  • theblakjak

    depends on what your looking for in a tablet and the mileage that you can get will vary. i have the aurora 7 … which is an ainol tablet… and it was purchased during a time that tablets of its stature were several hundreds of dollars. @$120 i figured the gamble was fine for my first foray into the tablet market and at the time the newly released android ICS. i was also fine with tweaks and mods which this tablet needed to be a properly working tablet, it still works for me and is a nice beginning in the arena of tablets. at this point gambling on a 7 inch tablet at this price range isn’t worth it, but there are 10 inch versions that are also quite cheap and if your up for the gamble then it may be worth your while, just don’t expect a flawless diamond when your buying a simple saphire.

  • Kris

    Do your research before writing an article on it. The website you have linked is not even an official website…it is a store of a reseller.
    Second rate writers here.

  • Simon Belmont

    The lack of GPS and Bluetooth is pretty much a deal breaker. I mean, this could be a decent tablet for your grandmother, but not for a serious user.

    I’m sure the quad core CPU they use does not perform as well as the Tegra 3 in the N7, though I’d have to see benchmarks and real world usage to verify that. It boils down to, you might as well spend the extra $60 and get a 16GB Nexus 7. Not only because you get known quality, GPS, and Bluetooth. But also because you have direct updates for years to come from Google.

  • bmedic1999

    dont buy this crap. I paid for one and it worked 2 weeks before it would no longer address the internal storage……which left me with less than a half a gig to work with….such crap

  • Dustin Yohe

    I bought my wife the Ainol Nova 7 last year for Xmas and it was exactly it’s name! It was a big piece of anal! My mom now has it and I had to to a couple factory data resets because of it messing up. I’d never waste my money on another Ainol product again!

    • Simon Belmont

      So, your wife does Ainol. You sly dog.

      Sorry. That was awful.

  • owan

    Buying this to save 50$ doesn’t make sense to me.. The Onda V972 with the retina screen for $240 might be worth a shot to save $150 over an iPad or Nexus 10, but this is just too much to give up for the small price difference

  • Arbeth

    Do not buy this – even if it is clone of Nexus 7, this is first and experimental Ainol model with quad core cpu, and even worse gpu than mali400. While other tablets perform not that bad this one is really pain in the Ainol.

  • Ex-Ainol user

    The battery in my Ainol Fire/Flame died after 3 weeks of very average use (email,YT,video etc). Numerous similar complaints in forums. I wouldn’t waste the time and money on their products. Nice tablet while it lasted though.

    No – batteries are not replaceable and even if you wanted to try replacements are not available.

    • Simon Belmont

      Haha! Ainol Fire sounds like what happens after a trip to a badly reviewed Mexican restaurant.

      Or imagine the Street Fighter character, Dhalsim, using that as his special move. Ainol fire, Ainol Flame!

  • http://twitter.com/justinmullet Justin Mullet

    I got Oakley’s in China for $2!

  • Y

    So is it pronounced “Anal” in the British accent or American accent?

  • tizorres

    I wonder what the back looks like? anyone got a pic?

    • Raven

      They have a pic on their site. It has a very similar dimpled finish like the Nexus 7.
      http://www.ainol-novo.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1//9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/n/o/novo_7_venus_2.jpg

    • Rick Martin

      Wow – a lot of people are really ditching this company – I have two of their products, the Novo Flame and the Hero – both solid devices — for $140 the Venus looks like a great deal for what you get – Ainol is probably the best of budget tablets, they keep the OS up to date, include microSD and HDMI – which the Nexus 7 doesn’t even have, and are set up to work with a 3G usb connector, which is a great way to get 3G on the cheap without spending $300+ on a tablet device.

  • Billy Thompson

    Can they copycat the dock too so I can actually buy one?

  • ken

    tell me more about this dongle that provides bluetooth and gps?

  • Matthew

    first button:Power
    second:Volume

    third:reset

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1327710403 Nhan Than

    You do know that the Chinese would copy everything…and I mean everything…for a profit right? I went back to my country and I saw that they slap a moose onto a shirt and call it Abercrombie. And it’s in Vietnam.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jordan-Welty/100000284854626 Jordan Welty

      Except the Novo7 has been out over twice as long as the the Nexus has… Hmmm >_>

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NOVO7

      • Justin W

        This is the Novo 7 Venus, not the original Novo.

        • HA Potter

          I bought a Novo 10 Hero- 10 Inch tablet in December and it’s a great device for the price ($225) – quality is good and screen and performance is as good as Nexus or iPad – has Google store preinstalled and common apps as well – I think this company has come a long was since they started making tablets a few years ago – they have another full size tablet coming out in February with a Retina ipad quality display for about $250 -

  • Droidzilla

    Crummy processor, outdated OS, questionable build quality, software optimised by luck and wishes, no GPS or bluetooth; yeah, enjoy saving that $50.

    • Raven

      No bluetooth is really a killer for me, but on the other hand it does include a MicroSD slot, HDMI out, and a rear camera.

      If I hadn’t just bought my daughter a Nabi 2 tablet, I might go for this. But, now I am using her tablet (when she isn’t) for playing video on my big screen via a 15′ HDMI cable.

  • snowblind64

    These Chinese manufacturers sure love KIRFing.

  • smirkis

    people have been waiting the release date since october…

  • Marcus Schoen

    Nexus 7+ Photoshop= This

  • DrewNusser

    How exactly do you pronounce that company name? I can’t wait to go show off my new anal tablet!

    • arod111

      [eyn-l]

      • michael arazan

        I thought anal tablets were called ipads

    • http://twitter.com/Xeneize480 Xeneize480

      Ni Hao (lol)

    • Sp4rxx

      I thought so too …. so the touch sensitivity must be EXTRAORDINARY! … almost life-like!

    • middlehead

      I thought about buying one of their other tablets last year, just so I could take it places and make people ask what tablet I had.

      “Oh this? This is just my SEVEN INCH ANAL TORNADO.”

      • DrewNusser

        Haha, oh wow.