Value-priced tablet maker E Fun is launching its first cellular-equipped tablets, one of which is priced at $4.88 with two-year Verizon contract.
Both models are available exclusively through Walmart.
The 4G LTE Nextbook Android tablets are the 8-inch Ares 8L and 10.1-inch Ares 10L. The former is available at $144, or $4.88 with a two-year Verizon contract. The latter is a two-in-one available at $193, or $9.88 with a two-year Verizon contract.
Both feature Android 5.0 Lollipop, 1,280 by 800 IPS screen, 16GB storage memory, 64GB MicroSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and front and rear cameras. The Nextbook Ares 10L adds a magnetic detachable keyboard with two standard USB ports. Both have 1.83GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor and 1GB RAM.
The Ares 8L is available in 3,526 Walmart stores, and the Ares 10L is available in 2,834 stores.
Although low-priced cellular-equipped tablets have been available before, the E Fun tablets are among the first in the U.S. from a value-priced tablet maker. Last year, T-Mobile launched a 4G tablet through Walmart at $179 without contract from Apollo Brands. The Apollo tablet and an HP tablet were the first cellular-equipped tablets offered by Walmart.
Low-price LTE tablets launched earlier this year include an Asus-made 7-inch LTE tablet at $94 with two-year AT&T contract, and AT&T launched its first AT&T-brand tablet, the Trek HD, at $49 with two-year contract.