E Fun isn’t exactly a top-tier Android OEM, but their tablets are quickly becoming pretty commonplace at big box retailers (such as Walmart) and through various online shopping sites, offering up reasonably spec’d devices at pretty aggressive pricing. The OEM, best known for its Nextbook line, is now upping its game a little by introducing its first 2-in-1 Android tablet.
Convertible tablets that transform into laptops are nothing new in the Android world, with Asus being one of the best-known manufacturers of such hybrid devices. That said, most of these devices aren’t exactly ultra-affordable. The Nextbook Ares 11 aims to deliver a low-cost convertible experience that still has at least some oomph under the hood.
The Ares 11 is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail processor with 1GB RAM. Other specs include 64GB storage, an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display, a microSD, a mini HDMI port, a microUSB port, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 2MP front and rear cams, and a detachable keyboard dock with two full USB ports. Even better, it comes preloaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Now we’ll be honest, the specs here won’t blow anyone away, but it should still be enough for those looking for a basic tablet for browsing the web, some light gaming, word processing and checking social networks. The biggest bottlenecks are going to be the piddly amount of RAM and the relatively low-resolution display.
If you’re shaking your head at the specs, you at least might some redemption in the price tag, which is just $197 with the detachable keyboard included. For those that are looking for basically a modern netbook or a Chromebook alternative that can run any and all Android apps — the Netbook Ares 11 might be worth a look.
What do you think, worth considering or are folks better off purchasing a Chromebook or a more expensive Android (or even Windows) tablet convertible?