E-Fun is clearly planning to undercut more than just Kindle Fire and Nook tablet sales this coming year; they’ve just released some details on a new 8″ budget tablet that will be revealed at CES next week and sell for $170 this spring.
The Nextbook 8GP has specs similar to E-Fun’s soon-to-be-released 7″ tablet. It’s going to run Android 4.1 on a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU with 1GB RAM, a pair of cameras, and an HDMI port. Screen resolution wasn’t mentioned in the press release, but the screen is described as a high resolution IPS panel. This tablet also has 8GB Flash storage, a microSD card slot, g-sensor, mike/speakers, and Wifi(n).
One of the more important details for this tablet is that it will ship with Google Play. This is going to be the third tablet launched by E-Fun with Google’s content store, making it one of a number of budget tablets with it. That is noteworthy.
Either Google is lowering the bar on admission to their exclusive club, or the budget market is getting crowded enough that some competitors feel the need to step up their game. Either way, it’s a sign that major changes are coming to the Android tablet market this year.