MIPS Announces 7-inch Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet for $99

Did you know that as of right now you can get your hands on a 7-inch Android tablet that runs Ice Cream Sandwich for under $100? Well you can. Today, MIPS technology announced the first ICS tablet to hit the market with the availability of their $99 device. The 7-inch tablet operates at 1GHz by way of a MIPS-based XBurst CPU and uses a JZ47700 APU that together, create a 1080p multimedia experience that “adopts an innovative ultra-low-power pipelining architecture” designed for low power consumption. Battery life should be good with a minimal power draw of only 400mA during active web browsing.

Currently the tablet is only available in a 7-inch screen but the press release states that 8- and 9-inch tablets are on the way. The new MIPS tablet is only available in Japan right now, but will hit the US and other countries soon. All versions of the tablet will feature similar specs such as Wi-Fi, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI 1.3, front and rear cameras, and a microSD card slot. It’s not uncommon to find such specs in a reasonably priced Android tablet but it’s always nice when Google’s Andy Rubin expresses his support:

I’m thrilled to see the entrance of MIPS-Based Android 4.0 tablets into the market. 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.

There is no exact details on when the tablet will be available here in the states, but reports are showing it can be ordered now for $166 shipped to the US, specific locations may vary. Jump past the break for the full press release, the pricing and availability section gives details on where to place an order. Does this sound like something that tickles your fancy? 
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