Hands On With E-Fun’s New Tablets and $99 Smartwatch
E-Fun is the only US budget tablet maker who launched their first device in 2010 and is still around 3 years later (it helps that they are owned by a Chinese OEM), and they were going strong at the Pepcom show last night.
They had their new smartwatch on display, and they were also showing off a new dual-core 7″ tablet and a new quad-core iPad mini clone. Oh, they didn’t call it a clone but it sure as heck looked like one.
The new Nextbook 8 was thin and featured a 7.85″ screen (1024 x 768). It comes with 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and more ports and sensors than you would expect for a tablet this cheap. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the 2 cameras (VGA and 2MP).
This tablet is running Android 4.2 on a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU. I couldn’t get the name or model number for the CPU, but I would bet that it was made by Rockchip.
You can expect to see the new Nextbook 8 some time this Spring with a retail of $129. Check out the back of the box for completes pecs.
This tablet was fun to play with and a delight to hold, so I think it’s well worth keeping an eye out for news of its release. Given the price and specs, this could be a great value.
The new Nextbook 7, on the other hand, isn’t nearly as impressive. This tablet came across as really just another 7″ Android tablet with a dual-core CPU. It has the same screen resolution, specs, and $99 price tag as many other 7″ tablets, so I’m not sure that this one’s worth noticing. And while it does outshine its competition with a VGA camera on the front and a 2MP camera on the rear, there’s no guarantee that the cameras are any good.
Sure, the new Nextbook 7 was fun to hold it, but before buying it I would get confirmation on battery life and performance.
It too will ship this Spring. Retail will be $99.
And then there’s the new smartwatch. This beauty is about as "smart" as the other smartwatches on the market, which means it can’t do much without being paired with an Android smartphone (iPhone support is in the works). It runs Android 4.1 on a 1GHz CPU and has a 1.5″ LCD screen (240 x 240 resolution).
I found that screen rather difficult to photograph, and it wasn’t easy to see from most angles. But even so, the modified UI was easy to navigate; it only took me seconds to figure out how to scroll through the options.
It’s a fairly capable smartphone accessory. You can use it to control the camera on your smartphone, receive notifications and updates, play or pause music on your smartphone, and it can also act as a pedometer.
This watch also has Bluetooth, a microphone, and a g-sensor. The estimated battery life is around 2 days, and if you turn everything off this watch should last 7 days.
The NextOne is expected to ship in the first half of this year with a $99 price tag.
via liliputing ( for one of the smartwatch photos)