US based eReader and tablet maker E-FUN Inc. has unveiled and released a new low-cost Android 2.3 Gingerbread tablet that’s named Nextbook Premium 8 tablet. The new tablet boasts an 8-inch (800-by-480) capacitive touchscreen, a single-core processor, and 4GB of internal storage for $299.99. For those main features the $300 price tag is decent, but against namebrand $299.99 tablets like the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook or HTC Flyer the eFUN Nextbook Premium 8 tablet doesn’t look so great.
Outside of those main features already mentioned the eFUN Nextbook Premium 8 tablet also offers other features and pre-loaded software. The tablet ships with 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, a microSD slot, a 4-way G-sensor, built-in speakers, a mini USB port, and the Kobo eBook Store App; OfficeSuite Viewer; the SlideME application manager; Astro file manager are all pre-installed in the tablet.
If you’re wondering what single-core processor powers the eFUN Nextbook Premium 8 tablet the answer is the Rockchip RK2918 SoC. The Rockchip RK2918 is a chip that can be found in many cheap low-end Android tablets. The RK2918 is described as featuring a ARM Cortex-A8 processing core that can go up to 1.2GHz with 512KB of L2 cache, and a GPU that offers 2D and 3D acceleration with support for up to H.264 1080p HD video playback. The chip isn’t bad it will carry you through most tasks with good performance, but the RK2918 isn’t the best chip you can get inside a $300 tablet.
Compared to the HTC Flyer that features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon single-core chip and the BlackBerry PlayBook and it’s 1GHz TI OMAP4430 dual-core chip the eFUN tablet looks pretty bad. If the eFun tablet was cheaper by let’s say $100 I’d be a bit more interested in it, but as it’s $300 I don’t see the value in purchasing it over the HTC or BlackBerry tablets. –Also the Archos 80 G9 8GB Wi-Fi tablet that’s available now for $299 is also a good purchase over the eFun.