Once we get under the hood, the Flexx 8 has a quad-core Intel Atom processor. While normally clocked at 1.33 GHz, this particular model of Atom is capable of “bursting” to 1.83 GHz for short periods of time. Although that doesn’t sound as impressive as some of the massive 2.5+ GHz processors coming out on new devices now, the Intel Atoms more than hold their own, delivering inexpensive performance comparable to just about anything else on the market.
All that’s good, because while the Flexx 8 runs Windows 8.1 right now, they also promise an upgrade to Windows 10 “coming soon,” so all that horsepower will come in handy for running Cortana and other Windows 10 features.
Besides raw power, the device also offers 32 GB of storage; pretty good for a generic bargain tablet, although with Windows 8 you’re only going to be left with about 20 GB free. Still, it does have a microSD card slot, so the option of expansion memory is always on the table. Probably the biggest flaw in the pure specs though, after the lack of an IPS screen, is being limited to 1 GB of RAM. That’s comparable to most other tablets in its price range, and it’s not terrible in and of itself, but for a full Windows device 2 GB would be more preferable, especially if you plan to fully exploit the Flexx’s horsepower on more demanding apps.
The software package is unremarkable, being essentially vanilla Windows 8, upgradable immediately to Windows 8.1 via download. And as mentioned, eventually to Windows 10 once Nextbook makes the download available. It also comes standard with a year’s subscription to Office 365 Personal Edition–theoretically a $30 value, but one that’s universal on Windows 8 tablets, so it’s not really that much of an individual selling point. Otherwise, it’s functionally indistinguishable from any other Windows 8 tablet.
As if you couldn’t already guess from the specs admitting to a 2.0 megapixel rear camera; the cameras on the Flexx 8 are functionally useless, probably put there as placeholders as much as anything. This is one corner that we wish manufacturers were actually more willing to cut; a terrible pair of cameras might only cost a few dollars, but that’s still a few dollars that the owner is never going to have a use for.
It probably wouldn’t be enough to upgrade to a better screen or put in another gig of memory, but at least it would be a bit more honest.
The run time on a charge for the Flexx 8 is not amazing, but it’s reasonable within the limits of bargain tablets, going about 4.5 to 5 hours on a charge with average use. You’ll definitely want to keep it topped up if you’re expecting a full work day out of it, or possibly invest in a portable battery pack. But as long as you’re relatively near power it shouldn’t be a big deal. This definitely isn’t an “off the grid” type device, though.