NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Along with flat-screen television sets of all makes, shapes and sizes one of the other big Black Friday offerings could be the new breed of super inexpensive Microsoft (MSFT) Windows devices. Tablets like E-Fun's Nextbook 8" Tablet With Windows are being offered by Walmart (WMT) this Friday for only $99.
Right off the bat we can tell you this little E-Fun device is not the equivalent of a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or any other modern, top-of-the-line computer. But, don't sell it short. We've started to put it through its paces and we're finding this is one sweet, little computer.
For $99, you get a tablet that runs the "Windows 8.1 with Bing" operating system designed to work on less-expensive hardware. It's Microsoft's real, 32-bit OS that allows you to run all the third-party applications of your choice. You can think of the Nextbook as a modern-day netbook only in tablet form.
The operating system is well matched to the hardware. In this case, there's an 8-inch LCD touchscreen delivering 1280 by 800 pixels, a quad-core, Intel (INTC) Atom processor operating at 1.33 GHz mated to 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. From now until the end of the year, buyers of this unit will also get an extra 16GB via a free microSD memory card and it can handle expansion cards as large as 64GB.