E FUN Nextbook Premium 8 does not do Honeycomb
E FUN joins the tablet fray with their latest addition to the Nextbook family, but one thing that we’re sore about is this – it does not run on the tablet optimized version of Google’s Android operating system, which is known as Honeycomb, but rather, will be running on the smartphone-centric Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead. Lest I fall into the temptation of pooh-poohing it before I continue with the rest of the specs, I’d better not judge this tablet by its operating system.
The Nextbook Premium 8 (as you already know by now, most devices that sport a number after the model name tend to depict the screen size, and the Nextbook Premium 8 adheres to this principle faithfully) will come with an 8″ color TFT capacitive multi touch screen which ought to be enough for the average user, but those who are used to higher resolution displays might probably see this as not good enough. Other hardware specifications are available after the jump.
Want to go online? Fret not, as with most devices these days, the Nextbook Premium 8 will sport Wi-Fi connectivity, and it does seem to be more of the e-book reader type than a multimedia centric tablet – after all, it comes with an e-book reader software, the Kobo eBook Store app, SlideME application manager, OfficeSuite Viewer and ASTRO File Manager. Powered by Rockchip’s RK2918 processor, Flash programs will be able to run on it just fine with Flash 10.1 installed, while thankfully the operating system can be upgraded in the future via its over the air (OTA) update capabilities.
Not only that, this is the first model under the Premium range that will feature a 2.0-megapixel front facing camera just in case you’re up for some video calls, while 4GB of internal memory can be further augmented using a microSD memory card slot (to carry around another 16GB of data), sporting a mini USB port, integrated speakers and a 4-way G-sensor.
Expect to fork out $299.99 for this puppy as it arrives at online retailers from today onwards.