E-Fun Next8 Joins the Crowded Android Tablet Market

E-Fun Next8 Joins the Crowded Android Tablet Market e-Reading Hardware E-Fun have started shipping their latest tablet today, the Next8. It's an interesting mid-grade tablet that falls somewhere between budget tablets that E-Fun first started shipping last fall and premium tablets like the Xoom, Transformer, Galaxy Tab, and the like.

The Next8  is running Android v2.3 on a Rockchip RK2918 CPU, and it uses an 8" capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800x600. It has 4GB Flash storage, a microSD card  slot, Wifi, a front facing 2MP camera, g-sensor, and a speaker.

E-Fun ship their tablets with a decent set of apps, including a file manager, web browser, email and the usual. It also ship with the Kobo ebookstore as well as the SlideMe app store.

The Next8 is retailing for $300, and that puts it in an awkward position. For $100 you can get a 7" Gingerbread tablet with similar specs, and for $100 more you can get the eee Transformer.

I first got a look at the Next8 when it cleared the FCC back in July. The  Next8 is a decent looking tablet, but it also had the misfortune to hit the market the week after Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire. That kinda puts the Next8 at a disadvantage because it's weaker than the Kindle Fire in a couple ways: CPU, screen resolution, and price.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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