E FUN, the company behind the popular budget-oriented Nextbook series, has unveiled via a press release the Nextbook Ares 11, a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid that runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, has an Intel chipset and 11.6-inch display, and only costs $180. “Impossible!” you may say. But my friends, it indeed isn’t, and E FUN says so thanks to Android.
See, with the power of the Ares 11, E FUN could’ve loaded Windows 10 on it. However, since this OS is owned by Microsoft and is Windows, a brand name, the company would have to jack the price up. In short, MS would require commission if E FUN said this Nextbook ran Windows. But, by loading this 2-in-1 with Android, E FUN was able to lower the cost by so much that this thing is priced below $200. And really, that’s all you need in a Nextbook. Good ol’ Android will suit anyone, and that’s what E FUN believes.
The company also notes 5 different reasons why they chose Android for the Ares 11 over another operating system. You can view them below.
1. Storage. Android offers the ability to store vast amounts of data with its inclusion of a microSD card slot, a feature other operating systems do not offer. The Nextbook Ares 11 comes with 64GB of on-board storage. Add in the various capacities of microSD cards and the unit can store up to an unlimited amount of data. Only an Android tablet allows users to expand their storage capacity.
2. Google Play Store. Android offers its ability to access the Google Play Store. With it, Ares 11 users can choose from over 1.3 million apps, the vast majority of which are free. Plus, many popular Google apps come pre-installed on the unit and are easily accessible. Along with apps, users can purchase books, movies, music, and videos from the Google Play Store.
3. Customization. Customization to a user’s particular tastes or needs is another Android plus from having so many apps available. As such, Ares 11 users can easily customize their tablet into a one-of-a-kind unit if so desired.
4. Android Platform. While once upon a time, the Android OS was nothing to get excited about, it has since developed into the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The Nextbook Ares 11 features the Android operation system plus the 1.83GHZ Intel® Atom™ Quad-Core processor that provides a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
5. Value. Unlike other operating systems, where buyers are paying dearly for the brand name, Android devices are considered a good value in the eyes of many. The Ares 11, with its Android OS and many other features, is value priced at under $200.
Getting off the subject of Android, the Ares 11 includes an 11.6-inch 1336×768 IPS display which is fully detachable from it’s keyboard base, an Intel Atom quad-core processor clocked in at 1.83GHz, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage via microSD card up to an extra 64GB, a microUSB port for charging, a MicroHDMI port for display output, and (obviously) Android 5.1 Lollipop. All in all, you probably can’t ask for much more from the low price of this guy, but that’s a good thing since what you get is pretty decent after all.
The Nextbook Ares 11 is available from select Walmart stores and Walmart.com for $179. Currently, Walmart.com has the tablet up for sale at $159, $20 off. Free shipping is included if you choose to grab this tablet online, so at least you won’t be spending over $200 for everything.