NextBook_1Microsoft South Africa has brought two new low-cost devices to the market in the form of the Nextbook.

The company has partnered with retailer Makro where the devices will be sold in two variations.

The 8″ device is more for those who want a tablet and portable entertainment, while the 10″ device is aimed at those who want to be productive on-the-go. Both devices will come installed with the Windows 8.1 operating system. This is a stand out feature compared to other tablets that come with mobile operating systems.

The biggest drawcard for these devices are their price points. The 8″ Nextbook is priced at R1499 and the 10.1″ Nextbook, detachable keyboard included, is priced at R2999. Essentially, you can get the full Windows 8.1 operating system on a device for as little as R1499!


This announcement comes after Microsoft outlined their strategy for South Africa back in April (which I covered on TechCentral here). Microsoft’s Melanie Botha, consumer channels group leader, says they are delivering on a promise to bring affordable devices to the market.

Both devices don’t have SIM card slots as Microsoft says there’s no need for it and users can connect to the internet via WiFi.


Users who purchase the Nextbook will get a bunch of value adds, like a one year subscription to Office365; unlimited OneDrive cloud storage; 60 Skype World Call minutes per month, valid during the 12 month subscription period.


Nextbook 8Nextbook 10.1
Screen8-inch 1280×800 LCD10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS screen
ProcessorIntel Atom 1.8GHz quad coreIntel Atom 1.83GHz quad-core
RAM & Storage1GB; 16GB on board1GB; 32GB on board
Camera0.3MP front; 2MP back0.3MP front; 2MP back
PortMicro HDMI; micro SD; USBMicro HDMI; micro SD; USB
ConnectivityBluetooth; WiFi; 3 axis G sensorBluetooth; WiFi; 3 axis G sensor
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  1. Mark Patterson 11/11/2014 at 10:40 Reply

    Hi Nafisa are they giving you one to test drive

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/11/2014 at 10:41 Reply

      Hi Mark. I did ask about it yesterday and they said they will be sending out review units. So probably! Are you thinking of getting one?

      • Mark Patterson 11/11/2014 at 10:49 Reply

        2 thoughts about it. I could do with a new pc at home so it is an option there but also with the BoardPad application I sell it could be a great device to use for those that don’t want to lash out on an iPad or a slate device

      • Syllable in the City 11/11/2014 at 16:58 Reply

        I’m also keen to read your review, as you know I’m in the market for a new laptop.

  2. Harshaan Lalla 11/11/2014 at 11:08 Reply

    At that price it’s a bargain considering specs.

    But 1GB of RAM for windows 8.1

    That doesn’t sound good.

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/11/2014 at 11:39 Reply

      Windows 8 upwards is meant to run on fewer resources; I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.

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