E FUN has launched a new 2-in-1 tablet convertible called the Nextbook 10. This Windows 8.1 device sports a 10.1-inch display and is powered by an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor.
The budget Android tablet maker has bundled the slate with a detachable POGO keyboard. This new device features an Intel 1.83GHz quad core CPU with 1GB of RAM, 1280x800 IPS touch screen display, 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD by an additional 64GB), 6,000mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n support. It has microUSB and mini HDMI ports, and a 0.3MP front webcam along with 2MP back main camera.
"We are excited to expand our product portfolio with our first Windows tablet," said Jason Liszewski, managing director and VP of sales at E FUN. "Our collaboration with Microsoft and Intel was the next logical step in the evolution of the company and brand. It has been a pleasure working with them on the development of a tablet that offers tremendous value to professionals, students and casual users."
On the software side, the tablet is preloaded with NOOK for Windows 8 for easy access to books, and comes with one year subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, also free for one year. Buyers get 60 Skype world minutes per month thrown in.
Priced at $179, the convertible tablet is very keenly priced for its flexibility. However with only 1GB of RAM, there may be concerns about the device's ability to multitask in the same way you would expect a 2GB or 4GB RAM laptop to do. Even so, at the sub-$200 price point this may shift a lot of units.
According to Microsoft, the Nextbook will be available from mid-November at Walmart stores US-wide, with pre-orders starting from 23 October via Walmart.com. The affordable 2-in-1 will also be available via SamsClub.com in December.