Netbook Navigator’s latest tablet features a 9.7 inch display, a dual core processor, and support for Windows software. It’s one of the cheapest slates I’ve seen from the company so far, with a starting price of $450.
But the Netbook Navigator NAV9i might be a case of you-get-what-you-pay-for.
The tablet features a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom N550, a low-power processor that launched two years ago. It also has a 9.7 inch, 1024 x 768 pixel display.
That’s the same screen resolution as you get with a first or second generation iPad, and it’s good enough for basic Windows 7 computing. But Windows 8 requires a 1366 x 768 pixel or higher resolution display to fully take advantage of the new Windows 8 Metro style user interface.
In other words, while Netbook Navigator is showing Windows 8 in the promotional images for its new tablet, the biggest difference between Windows 7 and Windows 8 for most users will be the addition of the new Start Screen.
The $450 base price covers a tablet with 16GB of solid state storage, 2GB of RAM, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, and a microSD card slot. There’s a front-facing 1.3MP camera, stereo speakers, and a 2800mAh battery.
The tablet measures 9.7″ x 6.8″ x 0.6″ and weighs 0.6 pounds.
What you don’t get for that base price is an operating system. A Windows 7 license will add an extra $100 to the price. You can also pay extra for additional storage space or an optional 3G modem.
The company also introduced a new 10 inch tablet called the NAV10s earlier this month.