E Fun, makers of the Nextbook line of ereader-based tablets, announced the Nextbook Premium 8 yesterday, an 8-inch Android 2.3 tablet that ties in with the Kobo eBookstore.
The Nextbook Premium 8 has an 8″ capacitive touchscreen and is powered by a Rockchip RK2918 processor, which I believe is a single core processor that runs at 1.2GHz. Other features include Wi-Fi, a 2.0MP front facing camera, 4GB storage, microSD card slot, Flash support, 4-way g-sensor, and support for 1080p video.
The NextBook Premium 8 goes on sale tomorrow, October 7th. The MSRP is $299. Given the current market, that’s going to be a pretty tough sale. The Kindle Fire Tablet at $199 has something to say about that, even though the Nextbook 8 has memory expansion, a camera, and a larger screen.
More details from the press release:
WEST COVINA, CA – October 05, 2011 – E FUN, a consumer electronics designer and manufacturer of fun, easy-to-use lifestyle products, announced that the next model in its line of Premium Android 2.3 Nextbooks, the Nextbook 8, is available for the holidays. The Nextbook Premium 8, with an 8” color TFT capacitive multi touch screen, includes built-in Wi-Fi, an e-reader, Kobo eBook Store app, SlideME application manager, OfficeSuite Viewer and ASTRO File Manager.
“The next model in our Premium line is sleeker, faster and is the perfect holiday gift for consumers on-the-go,” said Jason Liszewski, managing director and vice president of sales for E FUN. “With the holiday season quickly approaching, give your loved one the tablet that does it all. Consumers of all ages will love the built-in Wi-Fi and easy-to-use touch screen. At any time they can video chat, read their favorite book, research on the Internet, view and email files, download applications, view photos, watch videos, or listen to music.”
The Nextbook Premium 8 with Rockchips RK2918 (CPU) is Flash 10.1 certified and features Google’s powerful Android 2.3 operating system that is fully upgradable with over the air (OTA) update capabilities. It is the first model in the Premium line to include a 2.0 Megapixel front facing camera for video calls. The Nextbook 8 also features 4GB of built-in flash memory, a micro SD card slot to increase storage capacity up to 16 GB, a mini USB port, built-in speakers and 4-way G-sensor. It supports eight video file types, including 1080p for high-definition video watching.
With a four-button touch menu and capacitive multi touch screen, the Nextbook Premium 8’s additional built-in features include a notepad, calendar, alarm clock, assorted games and other useful, fun apps. Thousands of third-party apps are also compatible.
Nextbook Premium 8 Preloaded Software Includes:
- Kobo eBook Store App: Users can download their favorite titles from the comfort of their own home or choose from one of the 25 preloaded eBooks. The Store has a selection of nearly two million titles, including New York Times Bestsellers, award winners, classics and more.
- SlideME application manager: Eases app downloading and purchasing with nearly 3000 Android applications, some of which may not be listed in similar Android app sites.
- OfficeSuite Viewer: Gives users access to important documents and presentations on the go. It is the most complete document viewer application for Android devices, allowing users to open native DOC, DOCX, TXT, XLS, XLSX, CSV, PPT, PPTX, PPS, PPSX and PDF files and attachments.
- ASTRO File Manager: Makes it easy for users to copy, move, delete and rename files on their SD card, send files as attachments to emails, browse and create compressed files such as Zip and Tar files, backup and restore applications, manage running applications, and much more.
Accessories include an AC adapter, USB cable, a protective pouch and manual along with an optional carrying case that is sold separately.
The E FUN Nextbook Premium 8 tablet computer has a MSRP of $299.99 and is available at online retailers beginning October 7.