Budget tablet maker E Fun’s latest low-cost Android tablet is really low-cost. The Nextbook Ares 8 is an 8 inch tablet with Android 5.0 software and a $78 price tag.
It’s available exclusively from Walmart, and for a tablet that costs less than a Kindle eReader, it’s actually not bad at all.
I got a chance to check out the Nextbook Ares 8 this evening, and while it certainly has some hallmarks of a cheap tablet, such as just 1GB of RAM, it also has the kind of specs that would have been unheard of on budget tablets a few years ago, including an IPS display with excellent viewing angles.
The tablet features an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor, which should offer decent performance, 16GB of eMMC storage and a microSD card slot for removable storage, a micro HDMI port, micro USB 2.0 port, and an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display.
Other features include
GPS, a 3-axis g-sensor, and front and rear cameras. The Nextbook Ares 8 measures 0.34 inches thick, weighs about 0.85 pounds, and comes in three color options: red, blue or black.
We’ve come a long way from the time when we got excited about $150 tablets with crappy hardware.