Ainol Novo 8 Discover Unboxing, Quick Review and First Impressions

The Ainol Novo 8 Discover, or Ainol Novo 8 Find is one of the latest Android tablet entry from Ainol. It sports a quad-core processor, an 8-inches screen, 2GB of RAM, aluminum backplate and a really thin body.

Here’s our unboxing of the Ainol Novo 8 Discover, read on for our impressions regarding this tablet that is regarded as an “iPad Mini alternative”.

box packaging

box packaging

The Ainol Novo 8 Discover was shipped to me from China, and UPS was the courier. Its my first time to have a package that was shipped through UPS, and I was impressed how fast it came; it only took just 5 days after it was shipped. I just paid some duty taxes for UPS charge and for customs as well.

the box

the box

The 0.9kg package was on another sturdy box. The main box, is clean solid black and wrapped around with the one that has the prints. The black box gives a premium feel. Here’s what was printed on the back side,

back

back

Printed are the main specifications of the tablet. Here’s what inside the box:

unboxed

unboxed. on this photo, I had removed the Ainol signature sticker already.

package contains

  • the Ainol Novo 8 Discover tablet
  • a wall charger with round pin
  • a USB data cable
  • manuals and warranty papers
  • –nothing to follow–

The Novo 8 Discover rests securely inside the black box. The foams inside makes it safe from movements that can be caused by pressure coming from outside the box.

Ainol Novo 8 Discover in the flesh

Ainol Novo 8 Discover in the flesh

There is another Ainol Novo 8 variation that came out before this Find/Discover tablet, that was the Ainol Novo 8 Dream. It is almost the same with the Discover but the main noticeable differences of the two are: Discover = 2GB RAM, 5000mAh battery, Dream = 1GB RAM, 6000mAh battery. I chose Discover for its 2GB RAM.

Ainol Novo 8 Discover

Ainol Novo 8 Discover

The Ainol Novo 8 Discover is an 8-inch Android tablet, with a quad-core processor. Honestly, my first thought is really do have the iPad mini feel; only though the bezels are a bit thicker. Its kind of lightweight, but that depends on what weight you are used to. YMMV (your mileage may vary)

aluminum backplate

aluminum backplate

As for me, I was not able to comfortably grip the tablet in one hand just like what most can with the iPad mini. Though reading from the tablet at one hand is a bit comfortable due to the sufficient space on the bezels and its weight.

thin at 8.9mm

thin at 8.9mm

The whole body is made of aluminum finish, while the front showcases glass (or plastic I think? still unsure). Most of ports are located on the bottom side of the slate.

top side

top side

While on top there goes the speakers and the power button. The front-facing camera is not vertically aligned on the center, I am not sure if that is really a design on purpose.

UI

UI

I was used to a display with a ppi~ score of above 300 and my good eyes are able to notice the difference. The Ainol Novo 8 Discovery has 1024 x 768 pixels of resolution at an 8 inches screen, too good but not bad at all. Pretty much tolerable and isnt the worst. The tablet is loaded up with a couple of Chinese apps which we can easily disable. The tablet comes pre-rooted as well, as per there is the SuperUser icon on the drawer.

OS

OS

The slate runs on Android 4.1.1 JellyBean out of the box. It was a bit upsetting to have this OS version on a latest Android device, but Im pretty sure that there will be the official 4.2.x update coming up soon because OTA update option is present on the device. There is a typo by the way on model number written as: “Novo8 Disover Quadcore”. Tried to install apps from PlayStore and no problems encountered yet for “unsupported device issue” reference.

JellyBean

JellyBean

The JellyBean OS, 2GB RAM, and Quad Core processor made the overall navigation on the tablet buttery smooth and almost lag free. Even though the CPU and GPU chipsets used in this device is not that powerful, it still manage to give a satisfying performance on real-life user experience. I had tested to play Dead Trigger on this device with highest settings, it is playable but I think fps is not near on 60. (I play PC games such fps condition thats why I can say) Other lighter games played fine though.

Ainol Novo 8 Discover - AnTuTu

Ainol Novo 8 Discover – AnTuTu

Ran AnTuTu on the Discover to check its specs and technical performance, it scored 13395 which is expected from a Chinese quad core Android device. Latest AnTuTu wont run though that’s why I have to use an older version of the benchmark app. Here’s a complete run-down on the specifications of the Ainol Novo 8 Discovery:

Ainol Novo 8 Find Specifications

  • Operating System: Google Android 4.1.2
  • CPU: Actions Semiconductor ATM7029, quad core, 1.5GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • ROM: 16GB (14.9 GB), with microSD card expansion slot
  • Display: 8 inches, IPS, 1024 x 768 pixels, multi-touch
  • Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, no 3G
  • Video-out: HDMI, 1920×1080 (1080p) resolution
  • Camera: 1.9 MP main (no LED flash) with AF, 0.3MP front
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Dimensions: 147.5 x 199 x 8.9 millimetres
  • Mass: 433 grams (battery included)
  • Release Date: May 2013
so far so good

so far so good

Well, this is not the end of the post. I will post more about the Ainol Novo 8 Discover on the next updates for a more in-depth review of this tablet. I plan to post videos as well and some other evaluations on the tablet (like gaming tests and more).

Summing it up, Im enjoying this tablet and will be using this as my personal tablet pc for the moment. I like its size and its not so cheap look. Thanks to ZZKKO Forums for sending one.

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