Fuhu’s Nabi XD tablet for teens to debut in late December

by: Varun RajDecember 12, 2012


Fuhu has announced a new Android-powered tablet that is targeted towards youngsters. The Fuhu Nabi XD is an affordable device that features good specs and a design that seems quite appealing from a teen’s point of view. The tablet is accompanied by a keyboard which, according to Fuhu, will help with homework, gaming, and of course- social networking.

For the concerned parents Fuhu has added a kid-safe browsing feature to the Nabi XD tablet that will allow parents to restrict their kids to safer websites. Nabi XD features a 10.1-inch high definition 1366 x 768 pixel display with IPS technology for better viewing angles, 16GB and 32GB flash storage options, NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a battery life of up to 10 hours. Apart from that, the device is also equipped with NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and two cameras.

Although Nabi XD features a keyboard for homework, the tablet isn’t boring at all. Due to its powerful processor and high quality screen it is able to run most of the high-end games available for the platform.

Nabi XD features a unique custom skin over Android which Fuhu has build in partnership with Righware’s Kanzi user interface solution. The UI consists of tiled grid of gadgets, widgets and app headlines that can be pinned to the home screen. Nabi XD’s interface also allows users to set which widgets appear at what times so if you want news widget in the morning and games in the afternoon then you can set it that way – Fuhu calls it setting the rules.

Fuhu Nabi XD will be available in late December with prices starting at of $249 for 16GB model and $349 for 32GB model.

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Fuhu, Inc. Unveils nabi™ XD: The World’s First Android Ultraportable for Tweens at $249

Fuhu, Inc. defines a new market for tablet users with its nabi™ XD, positioned as a tween’s first tablet with a keyboard dedicated to homework, gaming, social networking and kid-safe browsing

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012 – Fuhu, Inc., the leader in tablets made just for kids, today unveiled the new nabi™ XD: an ultraportable tablet that combines the best of a notebook and tablet PC with an amazing 10.1-inch high-definition in-plane- switching (IPS), five-point capacitive touch screen. Positioned to be your tweens’ first portable computer, nabi XD features an NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 4-PLUS-1™ quad- core processor, Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean, front and back cameras, near field communications (NFC) technology, 10-hours of battery life and the 10.1-inch screen – all for only $249. The nabi XD is a first of its kind, an Android ultraportable tablet with productivity apps, incredible console quality gaming, modified parental controls for browsing and a dynamic and intelligent gadget-based user interface that adapts based on the time of day and location.

Featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad-core processor
nabi XD features a beautiful 10.1-inch IPS 1366×768 HD capacitive touch screen running the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with a 5th battery saver core helps extend battery life so that nabi XD can go up to 10 hours between charges.

nabi XD introduces an affordable yet incredibly powerful, ultraportable hybrid tablet and notebook solution with pad-folio and integrated silicone keyboard cover

nabi XD features a sleek aluminum body that mirrors nabi’s trademarked flared corner design built for a long a productive life. Fuhu designers and engineers spent countless hours ensuring that each nabi is built with unmatched precision – meticulously thinking through every little detail. The result is a beautiful, thin, light, polished and refined look that feels incredibly strong and durable. Combined with its patent-pending optional pad-folio and integrated silicone keyboard cover that provides a traditional typing feel, nabi XD is your tweens’ ultimate first tablet PC.

“Smart” 3-D User Interface
In partnership with Rightware®’s Kanzi® user interface solution (UI), nabi XD is taking UIs to the next level. A tiled grid of dynamically updating gadgets, widgets and apps headlines the new UI. Pin as many gadgets as you like and move them around just the way you want. Define time and location based rules that dictate when and where your favorite gadgets show up. Want news in the morning and games in the evening? Create a rule for that! nabi XD’s UI lets you create multiple home screens each with your own layout of widgets, gadgets and apps. nabi XD’s home screen gadgets are designed to give you the most relevant information that you want, when you want it. Set rules for your home screens based on GPS locations, Wi-Fi networks and time, allowing you to define which home screen is the most relevant for any situation.

Incredible Gaming Experiences
nabi XD will be the first of the nabi family of tablets to feature NFC technologies. NFC allows you to sync devices simply by touching them together – Great for Bluetooth syncing or sync nabi’s exclusive family of 16 figurines with your nabi XD and challenge them to amazing battles while leveling up your unique character. Watch out for the Battle KINABIs™ game and figurines made for nabi XD!

“nabi XD features the most powerful specifications and brilliant display of the nabi tablet family. We are excited about what these new features bring to gaming and content,” said Fuhu’s CEO Jim Mitchell. “nabi XD represents a real transition in personal portable computing with an introduction of an Android-based productivity and gaming device.”

Pricing and Availability
The 10.1-inch nabi XD will be available late December in limited release and mid- January nationwide. The 16 GB model will be priced MSRP $249 and 32 GB for MSRP $349. Pad-folio and numerous other accessories will be available mid- January ranging from MSRP$19.99 and MSRP$89.99.

About Fuhu, Inc.
Fuhu, Inc., creator of the nabi tablet, is a leading designer, seller and innovator of thoughtful consumer products and services for children. Fuhu is committed to creating children’s solutions that are: (1) socially responsible, (2) made right, (3) make a difference in people’s lives, (4) for parents by parents, and (5) dedicated to the intellectual development of children. Fuhu is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with other U.S. offices in Denver and San Jose. For more information, visit www.fuhu.com and www.nabitablet.com.

  • FrazerMcIntosh

    for teens? as a 16 year old I would be seen dead with that ugly-looking thing. A 9 maybe, but any older and they would rather have an N7/N10.

    • Chris Harpner

      I’m in my 40’s and I wouldn’t mind being seen with it. Once you get past your teens, you stop caring about things like that. But, teens naturally want to shed their “kid” status as quickly as possible, and who can blame them? We all went through that. Of course, that UI would have to go. When there are custom ROMs for it, I’ll consider it for myself.

      • FrazerMcIntosh

        Okay, a more in-depth explanation for why I wouldn’t buy it as well as the obvious custom skin:
        1) first impression: tacky and gaudy. It reminds me of a Christmas jumper. The cheap-looking keyboard doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the build quality.
        2) The bezels are way too big. On a 10.1 inch screen, having that white border makes it unmanageable. Why would I go for something like this when there are much more compact 10 inch tablets like the N10 or iPad.
        3) Doesn’t look like it is android certified. That means no Play Store or Google apps. Even worse, there is no guarantee that apps work as advertised. As a developer that is an immediate deal breaker.

        4) I can’t see there being much community support. Good luck finding decent custom software.

        On reading the press release I see it is actually marketed towards tweens (10-12yo). A bit more likely to work but a 12 year old me would still want a N10

    • Jared Persinger

      I’m 15 and I agree with you

  • Pete Best

    Whereas, I as an adult would like to try that funky looking thing!

  • Luis

    lets be honest

    1) for 249.99 what better tablet you could get??

    nexus 7? No HDMI output, low speaker volumen, plastic rubbery back, its not a better quality than this.

    my son nabi 2 tablet its a great device, and its more durable than my ipad or the nexus 7. (just drop it)

    2)going back to price point yes, its aim for teens they are usually broke. for 249 a 10 inch tablet sound like a great deal (with a great processor)

    3)about the play store: you can download the amazon marketplace or everybody knows its really easy install the play store on the nabi……(so no excuse)

    4) trust me, there are always support for everything and people working to hack things (example the first nabi)

    for a great gift with a fast processor, decent screen and wonderful price.
    this is not a bad choice

  • goophone i5

    It has an interesting gaming feature with this tablet is something Fuhu calls Battle KINABIs. We’ll apparently take physical figures and sync them to the tablet using NFC and/or Bluetooth. The characters will be able to fight each other and level up. It sounds like Skylanders to me.before you start considering making this your go-to tablet, there are some things to be aware of. First of all, the nabi XD is not running stock Android. It’s using something called the Kanzi UI. It specializes in widgets and gadgets that dynamically change according to your preferences(volkkauf).

  • DarkAngel

    I love the comments people leave. I know it’s only been a month but seriously? I bought 4 Nabi 2’s on Black Friday and don’t regret it one bit. One for each of my daughters, one for the wife and one for me. Mine, with the support of some awesome dev’s and members on a forum, my nabi 2 has already been rooted and GApps installed. Someone has also created a few customs roms for it as well already. If I would have known about the XD I would have bought it instead of my nabi 2 but to tell you the truth, it’s the same specs, just missing the NFC, GPS, bigger screen, and aluminum case. Unlike the nabi 2 that is running ICS 4.0 with the Monarch UI( which was easily removed by me with the available tutorial ), the XD ” IS ” running stock 4.1 Jelly Bean with the Kanzi UI over it as well which I am willing to bet if one really wanted could easily remove it.

    But I agree with Luis below and the others that liked this tablet, support is everywhere, you just have to know where to look. I rooted and installed the Google Apps on my nabi 2 using Linux instead of windows pushing and pulling commands to the tablet via the USB cable using ADB and Fastboot.

    Anyways, would I recommend this tablet? Heck yes I would. You can’t beat the price for what it’s packing.