E FUN Releases 8″ Nextbook Tablet, the Premium 8 with Android 2.3

Tomorrow, E FUN will roll out the latest in its series of Premium tablets, the Premium 8. The 8” tablet will come in one model, a Wi-Fi only tablet with 4 GB of memory. The press release states that memory can be upgraded to 16 GB with a memory card, but the company’s website claims that it can be increased to as much as 32 GB. E FUN seems like it is aiming to crack into the budget tablet market in time for the holiday season, with the Premium 8 retailing for about $300.

The Premium 8 runs on Android 2.3, and sports a 2.0 MP front-facing camera. It also comes installed with the Kobo Bookstore App, an eBook store. The tablet will also come with 25 eBooks preloaded, though it is not clear what those eBooks are. A set of proprietary office apps that are compatible with most major file types rounds out the preloaded software. Of note is a native file manager that can work with and create .zip and .tar files. There is also an applications manager called SlideMe that claims to make app shopping off of the Android Market easier.

The Premium 8 tablet will be capable of 1080p file playback. Spec details are sparse, so it’s unclear as of now what kind of processor is driving this tablet. Compared with the major tablet players, the Premium 8 appears to lack in functionality, though the native file manager could be a draw for those looking to invest in a tablet at a lower price point. Look for the Premium 8 to hit stores tomorrow for around $300.



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