Southern Telecom, E-Fun, and other companies will be unveiling new tablet models next week, though of course we probably won't see the gadgets hit store shelves until later in the year.
E-Fun, the US subsidiary of the Chinese tablet maker Yifang, will be showing off a couple new tablets, the Nextbook 8 and Nextbook 10. These tablets will be running Android 4.2 on a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU with 1GB RAM, a microSD card slot, Wifi, 2 cameras (VGA and 2MP rear camera), and an HDMI port.
The Nextbook 10 will have a screen resolution of 1024 x 600, which you can find on a lot of budget tablets these days, and the Nextbook 8 will have a 7.85" screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768 - just like on the original iPad Mini. Both tablets are expected to be available in the first quarter with retail prices of $129.99, and $149.99, respectively.
E-Fun hasn't released many images yet, but they have posted one image for the Nextbook 8. For some reason it looks strikingly familiar.
Southern Telecom has also come across my inbox today. This company sells tablets under the Polaroid, Uniden, and Emerson brands. They too will have new tablets to show off, including a variety of sizes ranging from 7" to 10".
The Polaroid models are going to sold as the Q7, Q8, and Q10. The new tablets will reportedly run Android 4.4 KitKat on an unidentified quad-core CPU. They'll have cameras, Wifi, Bluetooth, and HDMI ports. If the early press release is to be believed these tablets will also have front-facing speakers.
Prices are expected to run between $129 and $179, and the tablets should be available later this year.
There have been a handful of budget-priced quad-core tablets launched in the past 6 months, including the Hisense Sero 7 Pro, the Ematic EGQ 307, and others. At this point it's not clear that the quad-core tablets offer a better value than dual-core tablets, but as prices continue to fall better CPUs will be making their way into cheaper tablets. I have high hopes that we will see a significant boost in performance in the new tablets.