Having found success offering dirt-cheap Windows 8.1 tablets through Walmart, E Fun is now looking to build on that success with a trio of new convertible models that will be available later this spring.The current Nextbook hybrid is a 10.1-inch model that retails for $179 at the retailing giant (though $199 through E Fun's own website), but the new slates will be slightly pricier. In the case of the forthcoming 10.1-inch edition, that would seem to be thanks to double the system RAM (2GB), since the screen resolution (1,280x800) and built-in storage (32GB) remain the same.
E Fun is going bigger with the other models -- 11.6-inch and 12.5-inch devices that are more laptop-sized than tablet-sized. Both sport 1,366x768 resolution and 64GB of storage, while retaining the same 2GB of RAM and Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core processor as the new 10.1-inch Nextbook. That's a slightly different Atom processor than the one (Z3735G) that powers the current Nextbook, though both run at similar speeds.
The new convertible tablets will retain many of the specs that the existing Nextbook possesses, such as Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, microSD card slot and micro USB and mini HDMI ports, and front- and rear-facing cameras, though the front-facing camera's resolution has been boosted to 2 megapixels instead of 0.3 megapixels. Of course, all Nextbooks include a detachable keyboard with magnetic POGO connection that turns the tablets into notebooks.
E Fun says the three new Nextbooks will begin shipping in the May time frame, with the following prices: $229 for the 10.1-inch version, $249 for the 11.6-inch model, and $279 for the 12.5-inch edition. The company's press release doesn't mention whether these tablets will be sold at Walmart, but they presumably will, especially since the partnership has resulted in E Fun being able to tout that it's the fifth largest tablet supplier in the U.S. according to IDC research.