Two new inexpensive, Android 4.0 7-inch tablets from Ainol appeared one after another, the Novo 7 Aurora and and Novo 7 Elf, both of which are said to be an upgrade from the Novo 7 Advanced and the Novo 7 Paladin.
The big question is, what’s the difference between the Aurora and the Elf? Over at Widget City, the Aurora (8GB) is selling at Php8,600 while the Elf (8GB) costs less at Php7,850. What makes the Aurora slightly more expensive than the Elf?
Let’s look at their specs side-by-side:
|Ainol Novo 7 Aurora||Ainol Novo 7 Elf|
|Allwinner Many Core A10, 1.2GHz CPU||Allwinner Many Core A10, 1.2GHz CPU|
|Mali-400 GPU||Mali-400 GPU|
|Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|7.0 inch Capacitive multi-touch screen||7.0 inch Capacitive multi-touch screen|
|1024×600 resolution, IPS display||1024×600 resolution|
|1GB RAM||1GB RAM|
|8GB internal storage||8GB internal storage|
|microSD up to 32GB||microSD up to 32GB|
|2.0 megapixel front camera (no rear camera)||2.0 megapixel front camera (no rear camera)|
|WiFi 802.11 b/g/n||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n|
|No 3G, No Bluetooth||No 3G, No Bluetooth|
|HDMI output 1080p||HDMI output 1080p|
|No Android Market||No Android Market|
|Up to 6 hours battery life||Up to 6 hours battery life|
Looks identical right? The only advantage the Aurora has over the Elf is its IPS display. What’s IPS display you ask? It’s a type of display that gives you a wider viewing angle so that you don’t need to prop or hold it at a specific angle just to get a good viewing experience. You would want this if you would be sharing your display with other people or you don’t want to hold it at a certain angle every time you’re watching a video. It’s the same type of feature as that of the iPad 2’s display.
Well there’s another minimal difference, the Aurora comes in a glossy finish while the Elf has the soft matte finish we saw on the Ainol Novo 7 Paladin. Other than that, they’re pretty much twins.
Both tablets use the ARM Cortex chipset so we can expect more compatibility with Android apps. If you see a 1.5GHz CPU on other websites, the Many Core A10 listed here can go up to 1.5GHz but is underclocked to 1.2GHz probably to save battery.
There you have it. Don’t pull your hairs trying to find out the difference between the two. It’s just the IPS display on the Aurora.