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E FUN unveils three new Windows 8.1 tablets ahead of CES

E FUN has announced today that it is introducing a set of new tablets to its Nextbook 2-in-1 Series. The Windows tablets are set to be shown off at CES 2015 next week and are split into three different screen sizes, all of which feature detachable keyboards.

The tablets come in your choice of 10.1", 11.6", or 12.5". As far as the nitty-gritty hardware details are concerned, each device sports the same 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM, with storage varying from 32GB on the 10.1" model to 64GB on the larger two models. Last, but not least, each device packs 2MP front and rear shooters and expandable storage up to 64GB.

As a bonus, those who pick up the 10.1" model can look forward to a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 Skype world minutes per month.

As for availability, you can expect these tablets to go on sale in May of this year for the following prices:

  • Nextbook 10.1" - $229
  • Nextbook 11.6" - $249
  • Nextbook 12.5" - $279

Press Release:

WEST COVINA, Calif., Jan. 2, 2015

E FUN, the fifth largest tablet supplier in the U.S.*, is expanding its line of 2-in-1 Nextbook tablets running Windows 8.1 with three new models at CES 2015. The new 10.1", 11.6" and 12.5" models feature a removable magnetic POGO keyboard, Quad-Core Intel® AtomTM processor, dual cameras, and a multitude of ports and connectivity options. The 2015 new line of Nextbook 2-in-1 tablets will be on display at the International CES in South Hall meeting room MP25477.

The new Nextbook 2-in-1 tablets are an incredible value to users across all categories – from professionals to students and casual users of any age. They feature the following:

  • Capacitive multi-touch screen
  • 10.1" 1280x800 IPS
  • 11.6" 1366x768 IPS
  • 12.5" 1366x768 TN
  • Detachable keyboard with magnetic POGO connection for superior portability and versatility; standard USB port on keyboard
  • Windows 8.1 Operating System
  • Quad-Core Intel® AtomTM Z3735F Processor (X86, 1.8GHz)
  • 2GB DDR3L system memory
  • 32GB internal storage (10.1" model) / 64GB internal storage (11.6" and 12.5" models)
  • Expandable storage via microSD card up to 64GB
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity options
  • 2 megapixel front and rear cameras with microphone
  • Micro USB port, mini HDMI port, audio jack
  • 3-axis g-sensor for apps and gaming
  • Preloaded software including Nook for Windows 8
  • 10.1" model includes one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal with 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage for one year and 60 Skype world minutes per month

Quotes:

  • "We are extremely excited to build on the great success we had launching our first tablets with Windows in the fourth quarter of last year," stated Jason Liszewski, managing director and VP of sales for E FUN. "Our first 2-in-1 tablet with Windows and powered by Intel was one of the best selling devices by volume throughout the holiday season."
  • "The new E FUN Nextbook 2-in-1 products announced at CES are the sequel to their 'holiday hit' Windows 8" tablet and 2-in-1 devices," said Jordan Chrysafidis, VP of U.S. OEM Division, Microsoft. "With these latest offerings, E FUN continues to bring innovative productivity devices to market, at impressive prices."
  • "IDC expects the 2-in-1 category to enjoy solid growth in 2015, and part of that growth will be driven by product offerings at price points that simply didn't exist a year ago," said Jean Philippe Bouchard, research director, tablets at IDC. "Consumers are interested in the 2-in-1 form factor, but early products were prohibitively expensive. E FUN is throwing open the category to more people, and that's always a good thing."

Pricing and Availability

The E FUN Nextbook 2-in-1 tablets with Windows will be available in May 2015 with MSRPs of $229 (10.1"), $249 (11.6"), and $279 (12.5").

*Full year 2013 tablet unit market share as per IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker Q2 2014

About E FUN

E FUN, a designer and marketer of mobile lifestyle products, entered the North American market in late 2010. Since then, E FUN has grown to be one of the leading tablet brands at retail, achieving top five market share by volume in 2013. Its ongoing product innovation and partnerships set E FUN apart from competitors and provide customers with unique out of the box experiences. Its product offerings include Android and Windows tablets, home automation devices, and wearables. E FUN is headquartered in West Covina, California.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

71 Comments
  • Keep them coming.
  • This is great! Those prices were ridiculously low. I think Microsoft is finally hitting its stride with these Windows tablets/hybrids. Android is finally NOT the only low cost option! Hopefully people looking for cheap tablets will scoop these up. Hopefully a bunch of these devices will saturate the market and make a strong foundation for the proliferation of Windows 10 and all of the amazing benefits it will bring.
  • http://www.onda-tablet.com/onda-v975w-quad-core-win-8-tablet-9-7-inch-re...  :-)
  • ^ This man deserves comment of the year   I swore that Onda was China only. I'll definitely be picking up the V919 Air. Even at $220, $30 over MSRP.  http://www.onda-tablet.com/onda-v919-air-dual-boot-tablet-pc-64gb.html Thanks bro
  • But I don't think that they are providing original Windows as how Microsoft can support dual boot with android..!
  • I think windows is free for OEMs at that form factor.. Not sure though. But these onda guys just took the best of the three systems: The 'build' of an iPad air + Win 8/8.1 + Android as an added bonus, all in a single low cost device wow! Even if its an imitation, its a damn impressive one!
  • Windows license is free for upto 9" devices... But I don't think that Microsoft will allow to install another OS in dual boot
  • I've seen these and wanted one before someone told me Onda is notorious for exploding batteries....
  • Exactly.. I agree with you... There some Windows TV should be released to form a strong effect on the consumer that what Windows 10 can do
  • Personally, I thought Microsoft would have come out with an Xbox One Mini or integrated TV that would have been a reduced system that would have access to all of the TV services and apps with integrated Kinect, but not the gaming environment. if you connected a full Xbox One, the games section would just be added to the interface. They could easiky integrate one as well. Considering the Xbox One's superior services, it seemed like a no brainer to partner with an OEM like Samsung or LG with whom they already have a working relationship.
  • Then the consumer have to buy a Xbox one .. For many this will be a waste.. At least some people think in that way... But if there is any TV with Windows with its full functionality then it will be fun as a big entertaining device as well as productivity device... As a very big tablet.. Like Maxpad TV
  • Sounds fun.
  • We need more of this. Low cost quality Windows Tablets. The 12 inch screen option is pretty nice too, not many low cost tablets have hit that size
  • Shame it's a TN panel rather than IPS
  • I still don't understand no windows button. It's a must in my opinion.
  • +720
  • I don't understand why windows tablets don't have also back button (like phones)!!
  • It is absulutely not needed, it's just duplicating the onscreen button.
  • Swipe from left = Start Button, Swipe from right = back button.
    I never use the start button on the Dell V8Pro, and never miss it because on screen is so much easier.
  • Thanks for the info, good to know ;-)
  • Swap the swipes. Asus didn't put a hardware start button on their tablets. I thought I'd miss it on my new Vivotab 8, but I don't at all. The swipe quickly became second nature.
  • They probably have a small one on the side, like some of the Dell tablets.  A Windows key is required for Windows Hardware Certification.   As for people calling it redundant, it really isn't.  You need that button for screenshots (Win + Volume Down), Narrator / Ease of Access (Win + Volume Up), and most importantly for business use, Control-Alt-Delete support (Win + Power).  This last one is hugely important for enterprise logins, where the option is often enabled to prevent password stealers from duplicating the login screen.
  • The Toshiba Encore Mini doesn't have any Windows button, just power and volume buttons, and in my opinion is the right move. I love the gestures on screen of Windows! Now I'm always opening the action+notification center by trying to close the apps on Windows Phone, lol. Any one else dealing with this problem? I hope they make similar gestures for Win10 on both tablet and smartphone.
  • I have to admit I'm a little stumped with regards to the Encore Mini, as the Windows button requirement is still clearly listed in the Windows Hardware Certification documents. http://tinypic.com/r/2la9cle/8   That being said, I was taking a closer look at the tablet depicted in this article, and there's pretty obviously a volume rocker and two more buttons (one on each side of it).
  • I once thought the same... Until my dell venue pro 8... Swiping from the left to access start, share, settings, etc is the way to go... I have rather large hands... But the dell venue pro 8 is like my perfect tablet size... Thumb/finger operation while holding the device is very pleasant.. Now on my new surface pro three, the button is somewhat more useful in laptop mode... But even then I hut the windows key or use the mouse as my prefered method.... That's just me...
  • Real windows or rted windows ? Sorry changed it hope u feel better
  • Just forget RT..... Just let it go.
    .....
    So you know from here on out,,, if it has a Intel chip its full on Windows...
  • Such a asshole comment. What if you had a handicapped child, would you like people throwing that word out showing their utter immaturity like you have done?
    Also, RT is gone, let it go.
  • Retarded doesn't have to mean handicapped. A bomb is retarded if it slow to go off (retarded fuse). It means slowed or delayed. Just because the US and by extension the rest of the planet, has adopted this word as a slang for mentally incapacitated doesn't mean it can't be used. Look up the definition.
  • This man deserves another beer since he knows the correct use of the word! 
  • I really wish we could start seeing more Windows tablets with at least 1080 resolution.
  • I've been wishing for that for ages
  • Pick up a Nokia 2520. They're cheap now.
  • RT though....
  • RT is fine for most people I don't see what's the big deal. RT is better actually for my aunt who doesn't have time to deal with viruses and just needs something with Office that has a USB port and can print. RT is the answer.
  • What's with the white picture and weird font being used in this and a few other articles? Using the app on WP 8.1 btw.
  • Coding issue with our CES badge. We're looking into it...
  • Off topic: The Windows central mobile app keeps showing in every article a white picture after the main one. Is only me?
  • See the response above.
  • Would pay $299 for a version with 4GB RAM.
  • Why is nook preloaded if Barnes and noble dont support the app anymore?
  • The app still works fine. Plus, for ol' Barnes and Noble, a nook user is a nook user.
  • Well, Barnes and Noble could have easily had me as another Nook user. But they decided against cranking out a Windows Phone app, and I expect the Windows app to fade away. Meanwhile, Amazon smartly stepped up to the plate and gained a regular customer.
  • I thought the same thing when visiting my closest Microsoft Store before Christmas. The Nook app was on just about every demo tablet and laptop. Thankfully, Microsoft Signatured devices don't preinstall any of that nonsense.
  • I want them here in Germany! Great Price!
  • For comparison, and also absent from CES:   Onda V919 3G Air Price: $193 Display : 9.7-inch 4:3 display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels Processor: 64-bit Intel Bay Trail-T Z3736F quad-core 2.16GHz RAM: 2 GB Storage: 64 GB OS: Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4.4 KitKat Radios: Bluetooth, Wifi, & 3g Cellular Availability: China
  • This is the tablet to get :-) Might give it a try, I'm curious to see how they pull off the Windows/Android dual boot, and all inside the body of an iPad! Talk of all 3 systems in one.. It would have been comical if it weren't so brilliant!
  • At that resolution, curious to see how long the battery lasts on a charge.
  • E fun...
  • Real windows... I have an 8" version of these tablets...
  • B​ought my wife the current-Gen Nextbook 10.1 with the POGO keyboard. It is an extremely solid 2 in 1 for $179. My favorite thing is that it comes with a separate charging port and charger so that frees up the USB port to have a hub and charge as well. It also has micro HDMI and the POGO keyboard is top notch! The only limiting factor is the 1GB RAM as I can notice a performance hit compared to my Dell Venue 8 Pro that has 2GB RAM. Her Nextbook is a much better value than my Venu 8 Pro and these 2015 refreshes will solve the RAM limitations. I wish the tablets came with the free lifetime Office 2013 that the Venue 8 Pro came with but OEMs are going with 1yr Office 365 instead. I may replace my aging Venue 8 Pro with one of these 2015 models next Christmas when it reaches the magical $179 price. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
  • Now if only OEMs had this much interest in Windows Phone..
  • Good to see companys reporting the burst frequency as if it's the base frequency.  Well I suppose if everyone does it.
  • Tu
  • 12.5 in Windows tablet for $279? I'm floating on air... and then I fell, US only...
  • Maybe they'll give this an international release like the two previous ones.
  • I expect Asus, Lenovo, HP, Dell to release convertibles as well.
  • Asus has been cranking them out for awhile now. Asus is giving the other OEMs a run for their money on build quality, support (Win 8 driver availability), and features.
  • I've been hearing more and more disaster stories WRT to RMA and Asus components.  Probably still better than the rest but not good none the less.  My RMA to them a couple of years back went fine, though it took 2 months.  
  • Does office come with two licenses?
  • It'll be Office 365 Personal.   http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/products/buy-office-365-personal-FX104...
  • I will grab couple of them for my girl and for gifts... amazingly low prices.... For me Surface Pro i7 256 GB though!!!
  • Who
  • Im so all over these when they come out
  • Nice nice nice!
  • Why TN screen??
  • Do they sell these in the us?
  • Yes, Walmart sells Nextbook.
  • if they could mention which processor they are using, it would be great. atom has wide range of socs
  • Great. I have the og 10.1 model. Some issues typing with the kb but overall a decent experience for $179
  • These are not tablets. When you get an Office 365 subscription, you get to install some number on desktops/laptops and the same number on tablets. If you use a license for one of these it is a desktop/laptop license. In fact the only 'tablet' you can install Office 365 on right now is an iPad. (Android Beta not withstanding).  Even the diminutive HP Stream 7 is a desktop/laptop in the installation eyes of Office. Just saying the term tablet needs some better definition. Tired of having my Surface Pro3 compared to a Nexus 7 because they are both 'tablets'. Not sure how things should be defined, but at least some distinction in capability/OS level needs to be developed.