Budget Android tablet maker E Fun is branching out into Windows tablets. The E Fun Nextbook 10.1 Windows tablet features an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display and a detachable keyboard that lets you use the system like a notebook.

It’ll sell for $179 when it hits Walmart in mid-November. Pre-orders begin October 23rd. The 2-in-1 tablet should also be available at Sam’s Club starting in Decembers.

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Nextbook is known for offering cheap hardware, not necessarily high-quality hardware. So don’t expect miracles from this $179 convertible tablet. It has just 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and an Intel Atom Z3735G processor.

But it runs Windows 8.1 software which means that you can use tablet-style apps from the Windows Store or desktop-style Windows apps. Like many other recent low-cost Windows tablets, it comes with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal which includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage.

Other features include 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, front and rear cameras, a microSD card reader, micro USB port, mini HDMI jack, and 3-axis g-sensor. The tablet has a 6000mAh battery.

All told, the Nextbook 10.1 Windows tablet is a lot like the Asus Transformer Book T100 or Acer Aspire Switch 10 except that this model has less RAM, a slower processor, and a slightly lower-resolution display than those 2-in-1 tablets. On the other hand, it’s cheaper.

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15 replies on “E Fun introduces a $179, 10 inch Windows 2-in-1 tablet”

  1. Wow, interesting that now MS stuff is being used to lowball in the market. When netbooks were first released MS did everything possible to kill them off. Now it seems like they are trying to recreate that market.

  2. Microsoft really should put limits on their partners in order for them to use Windows. People will not blame themselves for a crappy user experience because they purchased a piece of ~!@#$. They will blame the manufacturer and Microsoft. 1 Gig is not enough. 32 Gigs of storage is barely enough. I have seen screens with incredibly low resolution. Microsoft should just say “No”. I know they want cheap Windows hardware on the market but there needs to be a bottom limit on specs.

  3. The display is around $35-$40, the LiPo is around $10-12, for a 5000mAh, the motherboard is $40-$45 from Emdoor or T.D.S. Electronic “https://tinyurl.com/pj3xgtu” $5 in plastics and $2 in labor and another $5 for the packaging, charger, other accessories. And those would be <5K volume prices, for 100K+ it would drop 30% for everything. So I'm actually surprised we don't see stuff like this for around $100-$120 already.

    1. Well, I just picked up a windows 8.1 tablet for under $100. Winbook tw800 from micro center. Z3735e w/ 1gb ram 16gb emmc. I’m assuming this is just the beginning.

    2. lol hoping this and other rubbish windows tablets hit the used market for about 40% of their value add a powered usb hub and you have a nice cheap low-power server

  4. This looks better than a Surface RT tablet that costs twice as much.

  5. sad, people will be fighting over this come black friday. But maybe not

  6. Don’t know about the 1GB of RAM, but the form factor looks good. Everyone but Microsoft seems to understand that a floppy keyboard and kickstand only work on a hard tabletop. Even a budget maker like E Fun seems to understand that people like to use laptops in their.. wait for it… laps.

  7. Nice, I love the low price.

    I only wish it came with 64Gb instead of 32Gb, but it’s okay.

  8. Has anyone used Windows 8 with only 1 GB of RAM? Do you experience paging/swapping to disk? If so, under what coniditions (ie. more than N Javascript heavy browser tabs, Office tasks, etc.)?

    1. Yes, I tried it on an old netbook with an N270 CPU, but it was unusable. I also tried it with an older C2D machine, it’s good enough to run Word, but not good enough to browse the web. Maybe a striped-down browser with limited JS support could help that. Something OperaMini-like for PC.

    2. The 1GB version of these tablets, dedicate 256MB to the GPU side of things, as opposed to 512MB, like in the 2GB version, and even that has only 1450MB available RAM. They both cope with this by expanding a pagefile on the eMMC flash storage, which is nowhere near as fast, but it’s still something that allows “bigger” things to run.

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