Think all the best tablet deals are for Android tablets? Think again.
E Fun announced today that its new Nextbook 8 Windows tablet will sell for just $99 in Walmart stores on Black Friday (November 28). This was among the deals listed in the store's , which was released yesterday. However, the Nextbook actually goes on sale at 8 p.m. local time Thursday, and is available "while supplies last," so it may not make it as far as Friday.
Indeed, though perhaps not as high-profile as the $199 iPad Mini or $29 Android tablet also listed in the ad, this marks the first time that a Windows tablet has sold new for under $100.
The Nextbook 8 features an Intel Atom Z3735G processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and an 8-inch screen with a 1,280x800 resolution. Other specs include front- and rear-facing camera (both fairly low-resolution), Bluetooth 4.0, and a Micro-HDMI port.
In addition to running full Windows 8.1 (and not ill-fated Windows RT), the tablet comes with a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 Personal, which includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage. (In theory, that license should extend to one PC or Mac desktop installation as well, as a regular Personal subscription includes "1 PC/Mac, 1 tablet, and 1 phone.") That's a $70 value all by itself.
The Nextbook 8 is E Fun's second Windows tablet; the first, the Nextbook 10.1, features a detachable keyboard and bigger screen (10.1 inches, natch). It shows a price of $199 on E Fun's product page, but Walmart sells it for $179.
As it happens, you don't have to wait for Black Friday (or Thanksgiving Thursday) if you want the Nextbook 8; it's available from Walmart right now for $149. For sake of comparison, Walmart also sells the 8-inch Toshiba Encore 2 for $169.99. It has similar specs, but twice the storage at 32GB, plus higher resolution cameras.
Your thoughts on this? Would you brave the crowds for a $99 Windows tablet?