Microsoft has announced the local pricing for the Nextbook tablets which are available this month, with the 8-inch version retailing at R1 499 and the 10.1-inch selling for R2 999.
These tablets are among the first Windows Reference Design devices that will be available in South Africa.
The 8-inch is said to be for users who want to read e-books or watch movies while commuting and the 10.1-inch for consumers who need more screen real estate for squeezing in more columns into their Excel spread sheets.
This Nextbooks include the full Windows 8.1 operating system as opposed to a mobile OS that provides access to more than 700,000 applications, a superior productivity solution offering in Office 365 as users get one year’s free subscription, unlimited OneDrive storage, 60 free Skype World Call minutes per month while your subscription is valid and, of course, the handy USB port.
The 10.1-inch Nextbook also comes with its own hard cover keyboard that allows the tablet to provide a notebook like user experience for users. Consumers can use the keyboard for easier email, IM messaging, and Office document composition or editing, whilst the trackpad allows for pinch-to-zooming of images and webpages.
Currently, the Nextbook is only available from Makro stores countrywide.