EFun took some time out of their busy schedule, which probably consists of readying for CES 2013, to send out a press release unveiling a new product for the masses.
The product in question is the Nextbook 7GP, a seven-inch Jelly Bean tablet of modest proportions and hardware. If the picture above is to be believed, then the design is remarkably slick. Sure, anyone can see that it's a budget tablet, but I prefer the lack of branding on the front of any gadget. Of course, the image could very well represent a prototype or early model, which means that branding can certainly still appear. Although design alone, isn't what defines a budget tablet, especially in this market.
To be more specific, the hardware included in the Nextbook 7GP is as follows:
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB DDR3 RAM
- 8GB of internal storage
- MicroSD expansion slot (support for up to 32GB)
- Integrated Wi-Fi
- 1024x600 maximum supported resolution
- Full 1080p HD HDMI output
- 2.0 USB port
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Uninhibited access to the Google Play store
EFun has chosen to bundle the Nextbook with a large selection of preloaded software, including the Barnes and Noble Nook Store. In addition, owners will also have exclusive access to the CloudLink's "Productivity Toolbox," which in itself includes 5GB of free cloud storage, among several other productivity features.
EFun plans to take on Google directly, in the budget tablet market. The Nextbook will have a measly price tag of $130. When you consider the internals, it's certainly not a hefty price at all. Although, the Nexus 7 is certainly a better tablet, and it sells for $199, a little over $60 more. Nevertheless, we will see how EFun's latest tablet fares when it drops in February.
If you would like to see all the juicy details, or at least what EFun is saying, check out the press release below. We're sure to get more information on this tablet sometime next week during CES 2013. Hopefully we will also get to see some new screenshots, right along with a closer look at the device itself also.
Gone are the days where budget tablets are seemingly incapable. Thanks to Google's own tablet, we're seeing an alarmingly vast amount of manufacturers starting to provide relatively powerful budget tablets.
E FUN to Introduce Its Newest Series of Nextbook Android Tablets at 2013 CES
First Model of Google Play Series Features Jelly Bean Android 4.1 OS; High Definition Screen; Up to 32GB Memory; and Front and Back Cameras
WEST COVINA, CA - January 2, 2013 - E FUN, a consumer electronics designer and marketer of fun, easy-to-use lifestyle products, has chosen the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show to unveil the first model in its newest line of Nextbook Android Tablets, the Google Play Series. Each model features the Jelly Bean Android 4.1 operating system, full access to Google Play, Dual Core processors and high definition screens. The initial unit, the Nextbook 7GP, has a screen size of 7â€³. The Nextbook Google Play series will be on display at CES in South Hall MP25067, January 8-11.
"With the many advantages of the Jelly Bean Android 4.1 operating system, users will enjoy the simplicity and ease of operating Nextbook Google Play tablets," remarked Jason Liszewski, managing director and VP of sales for E FUN. "We are thrilled to be able to introduce a tablet series that gives consumers the hardware, software and content they desire on the world's most popular mobile platform."
Optimized for Google Playâ„¢, the Nextbook Google Play Series gives users numerous benefits including:
Access to more than 600,000 apps and games, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies in the Google Play Store.
Capability to read, listen and watch content not just on the Nextbook but on any device including a desktop, laptop or mobile phone with Google Play's cloud feature.
Access to preloaded Android apps from Google including Gmailâ„¢, Chromeâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢, Google+â„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢ and much more.
5GB of free cloud storage with Google Driveâ„¢.
The Nextbook 7GP includes high performance hardware such as a Dual Core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB DDR3 RAM, a high definition (1024 x 600) capacitive multi touch screen, front and back cameras, and an HDMI-out port to send 1080p HD video to an HDTV or computer.
Other common features shared by the Google Play units include: 8GB internal memory; microSD card slot for memory expansion up to 32GB; 2.0 USB slot; G-Sensor; microphone; B/G/N Wi-Fi connection; and a built-in Lithium-Ion battery.
The Nextbook 7GP's Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system is the fastest, smoothest version of Android yet. It features improved performance throughout the system, including faster orientation changes, faster responses when switching between recent apps, and smoother and more consistent rendering across the system through v-sync and triple buffering.
The Nextbook Google Play series tablets are preloaded with a wide selection of applications including the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store, Net Nanny parental controls and CloudLink's "Productivity Toolbox", which includes numerous free applications such as 5GB of free cloud storage, free mobile security, wireless printing, and credit card processing.
E FUN's Nextbook 7GP tablet will be available February 2013 for a retail price of $129.99.
About E FUN
As its name implies, E FUN is a designer and markets fun, lifestyle e-products that are easily accessible. While appreciated by techies, E FUN products are primarily designed for consumers who desire the latest technological products, but are more concerned with what they do, not how they do it. E FUN's ongoing product innovation focuses on making electronics and computing more fun! Initial products offerings from E-Fun include the APEN digital pen and Nextbook Android tablets. E FUN is headquartered in West Covina, California. For additional information regarding E FUN's brands, please visit APEN at www.apenusa.com; and Nextbook at www.nextbookusa.com.