E Fun might not be the world’s most popular Android device manufacturer, but the company has managed to come up with some decent affordable gadgets in the past. Their budget-friendly device line-up is ready to be enriched with yet another gadget, the Next 7S tablet.
The 7-incher has just been officially unveiled and, to our utmost surprise, it is already available “at select retailers nationwide”. Going for just $129.99, the 7-incher doesn’t exactly pack the greatest hardware under its hood, but it does come with a very pleasant software surprise.
That’s right, you guessed it, the Next 7S runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which is pretty great for such a dirt-cheap gadget. On the other hand, E Fun doesn’t offer Google Play support, which could be a huge downside for many users, who’ll have to rely on Barnes & Noble’s Nook Shop, the GetJar App Store, or other smaller stores for app, games, and books purchases.
The Next 7S sports a rather modest 7-inch multi-touch screen with 800 x 480 pixels resolution and is powered by a single-core 1 GHz processor (unspecified model). The rest of the features are pretty much what you would expect from a gadget in the $100-$150 price range, including 4 GB of on-board storage, a microSD memory card slot, WiFi connectivity, a mini-USB 2.0 port, a front-facing camera, and support for Flash 11.
There are a couple of features still kept under wraps for some reason, including a couple of very important ones, like the battery and the RAM. My guess is that the Next 7S features 512 MB of RAM and comes with a battery that will give you no more than four hours between charges, but that’s just my educated guess.
As for the tablet’s design, it looks pretty fashionable and chic and it might actually be slim as well. We found no mention about the slate’s dimensions in the official press release, though, so we should wait and see.
You can check out the full press release announcing the tablet below. If you happen to bump into the device and decide to purchase it, please let us know what you think of the Next 7S. Is it a decent tablet with a good quality-price ratio or just another disappointing cheap-looking and cheap-feeling gadget?
E FUN Announces Its Next 7S Android 4.0 Tablet for Mother’s Day
Give Mom The Best With This Versatile 7″ Tablet Featuring Android Ice Cream Sandwich
WEST COVINA, CA – May 2, 2012 – E FUN, a consumer electronics designer and manufacturer of fun, easy-to-use lifestyle products, is now shipping its Nextbook Next 7S tablet for Mother’s Day. The 7″ tablet features the recently introduced Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, Barnes & Noble NOOK Store™ and the GetJar App Store, offering users access to over two million books and 350,000 mobile apps.
“At an affordable price, the Next 7S is the perfect Mother’s Day gift this year,” remarked Jason Liszewski, managing director and vice president of sales for E FUN. “With the Next 7S, busy moms can check emails and jot down reminders while on the go, then in their spare time can read eBooks, play games, browse the Internet while on WiFi and so much more. Moms of all ages will enjoy this lightweight and easy to use tablet.”
Features of the Next 7S include a 1 gigahertz (GHz) processor and over-the-air (OTA) firmware update capabilities, as well as Flash 11 support. Additionally, the tablet has a front-facing camera and 1080p high-definition video player for quality viewing of favorite movies, music videos and more. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows users to watch YouTube videos, listen to music, receive and send e-mails, or simply browse the Internet.
The Next 7S has an 800×480 color multi-touch screen and a G-sensor auto-rotate orientation feature for landscape or portrait viewing. To keep all of a user’s files safely stored, it has 4 gigabytes (GB) of built-in flash memory and a microSD card slot for expandable memory up to 32GB, as well as a 2.0 mini-USB port.
The preloaded Barnes & Noble NOOK Store provides access to over 2.5 million titles, including new releases, bestsellers, classics, children’s books, magazines, newspapers and more, while the GetJar App Store is the world’s largest independent app store offering over 350,000 mobile apps for Android.
The Next 7S is available now at select retailers nationwide for $129.99.
About E FUN
As its name implies, E FUN is a designer and marketer of fun, lifestyle e-products that are easily accessible. While appreciated by techies, E FUN products are primarily designed for consumers who desire the latest technological products, but are more concerned with what they do, not how they do it. E FUN’s ongoing product innovation focuses on making electronics and computing more fun! Initial products offerings from E FUN include the APEN digital pen and Nextbook Android tablets. E FUN is headquartered in West Covina, California.
For additional information regarding E FUN’s brands, please visit APEN at www.apenusa.com; and Nextbook at www.nextbookusa.com.