The age of the $99 tablet is here, and just in time for the holiday shopping season. While you’re shopping for the latest copy of "101 Ways to Prepare Leftover Turkey" on the day after Thanksgiving, Walmart hopes you’ll also take home E Fun's newest Windows tablet, the 8-inch Nextbook. The tablet will be available at Walmart’s brick and mortar locations starting on Black Friday, November 28, for the low, low price of $99.
The device comes with 16GB of internal storage. But buyers can take advantage of a Black Friday promotion that offers a 16GB microSD card in the box, a bonus that basically doubles the storage capacity of the device. The Nextbook also comes with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, including 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.
E Fun's Nextbook 8 has an 8-inch touchscreen display with a 1280x800 resolution. The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom quad-core Z3735G processor that runs at 1.8GHz to 1.83GHz and contains 2MB of cache. It also sports 1GB of DDR3L RAM, a 0.3-megapixel front shooter, a 2-megapixel rear camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, micro HDMI output, micro USB port, headphone/microphone combo port, 3-asix G sensor for gaming, and the Windows 8.1 operating system.
Lots of Cheap Tablets
The Nextbook 8 isn’t E Fun's first Windows tablet offering. The Nextbook 10.1, released earlier this year, features a detachable keyboard and bigger screen than its new cousin at 10.1 inches. E Fun has the 10.1 priced at $199, but it’s available at Walmart for $179.
Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, told us the introduction of the bargain-price Nextbook 8 is a classic Black Friday move.
"It’s a ridiculous price for what looks like a whole lot of tablet," Moorhead says. "I probably wouldn’t expect great performance, but it’s a Windows tablet for a low price, and that’s all a lot of people care about."
Actually, the only thing about the Nextbook 8 that will be brand new on Black Friday is the price. The tablet is currently available from Walmart for $149. It’s not the only inexpensive tablet being offered by the discount giant: Walmart also sells the 8-inch Toshiba Encore 2 for $169.99. For $20 more, the Toshiba has similar specs, but offers two times the storage at 32GB, as well as higher-resolution cameras.
Moorhead said that even with the bare-bones features of the Nextbook 8 -- and sketchy details about who is manufacturing it -- the tablet could be a holiday godsend for the lower-income shoppers who tend to flock to Walmart to do their holiday shopping.
"It’s designed to bring shoppers into the store. I don’t expect that they’ll have enough available, and we’ve seen problems in the past when the big bargain items run out on Black Friday," Moorhead said. "But for those who can get one, this is a great deal for people who don’t have a tablet yet because they haven’t been able to afford one in the past."
Posted: 2014-11-17 @ 7:32pm PT
Dan, The nextbook 7.85 that is in Walmart right now for $99 does not have the windows OS, it has the android jelly bean 4.2 OS. U just bought the "old" model. It will be obsolete in 2 weeks.
Posted: 2014-11-17 @ 5:24pm PT
I purchased a Winbook tw801 tablet with Windows 8.1, from Microcenter. It's similar to this Nextbook. This form-factor is really good. I don't see any reason to purchase Android or ios tablet devices when you can have the real "Windows". This Nextbook should perform very well. With a 32 or 64gb micro sd card you will be in good shape.
Posted: 2014-11-17 @ 5:00pm PT
Sorry Dan, but you must have bought the wrong one, because the one that is $99 is the Nextbook 7.85 8GB and that is at Walmart in store and online.
Posted: 2014-11-17 @ 4:00pm PT
It's already 99 dollars lol, there is no deal to be had on black Friday. I just bought it a week ago.
Posted: 2014-11-16 @ 3:59pm PT
I would never be caught dead in a Walmart. Well, I would never be running around any store on Black Friday. But if I can buy one of these online for $99 bucks, I'll go for it. If it sucks, I can just toss it in the trash.
Posted: 2014-11-16 @ 10:44am PT
@Franky: You're so right. Me? I'll be doing my shopping online, from the comfort of my own sofa.
Posted: 2014-11-16 @ 10:41am PT
Something for American shoppers to tazer, pepper spray, and trample over each other for. I mean, people have actually done that to each other to save a few dollars on junk.