Microsoft releases budget tablets

December 9th, 2014, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

 

Microsoft announced the release of two Nextbook budget tablets in November, a 20 cm and 26 cm model. The tablets are available exclusively at Makro through the Microsoft’s partnership with the store. These tables are referenced designs that are manufactured by YiFang in China, and run on Intel chipsets and with Window 8.1 operating systems. Both devices are sold with a one-year Office 365 Personal subscription and unlimited OneDrive storage, as well as 60 free Skype World Call minutes per month.

MS Nextbook

Microsoft South Africa’s Sandra Fraga and Anthony Doherty, and Pinnacle Africa’s Max Stone.

Both devices come with 1GB DDR3L RAM, Intel ATOM quad core Z3735G processors, a USB port, and a 0.3 MP front camera and 2.0 MP back camera. The 25 cm model has 32 GB of internal storage, and the 20 cm 16 GB, with both being expandable to 64GB with a microSD card. Although WiFi equipped, neither has 3G capabilities, attributed to the increasing popularity of free WiFi and mobile phones as WiFi hotspots. The 25 cm model is sold with a soft touch keyboard with track pad, which is conveniently designed to rise to a slight angle for comfortable typing. The smaller model is aimed at a student and the basic user market, while the larger model is targeted at business people and advanced users. This release is in line with the company’s strategy to create a unified, scalable user experience, and a revenue model which is centred on cloud and mobile services.

Contact Ashleigh Fenwick, Microsoft, 0860 225-567, ashleigh.fenwick@microsoft.com

 

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