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E-Fun Next8 Joins the Crowded Android Tablet Market

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 800×600. 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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