2011 can be said to be the year of the tablet – in fact, at the recently concluded CES 2011 in Las Vegas, over a hundred tablets were unveiled, believe it or not! The Motorola Xoom that wasn’t even on display in its full glory picked up “Best of Show”, while the BlackBerry PlayBook did have its fair share of fans, not forgetting LG’s G-Slate that might even come with its own 3D display to up the ante. Still, despite all the fanfare, there is always a market for the ordinary, and we’re talking about NextBook’s upcoming device, the Next5 Android-powered tablet which has just passed through the FCC’s stringent tests. This would mean the Next2, Next3 and Next6 tablets will have company soon, where the Next5 sports a 7” TFT resistive LCD touchscreen display at 800 x 480 resolution, an ARM926EJ 600MHz processor, 2GB of internal memory, an SD memory card slot, Wi-Fi connectivity, an accelerometer as well as access to the Kobo-powered Border’s Book Store. There is no word on pricing or availability, but since the NextBook’s Next2 7” tablet retailed for around $200, our pockets would also have similar expectations with the Next5.
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