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Fuhu - the creator of the nabi and nabi 2 tablets - is on fire. Just a little over one week ago, they announced the nabi Jr., a new 5" tablet designed for small children, and today they're back at it with a tablet designed just for tweens: the nabi XD.

Now, I know what you're thinking: Seriously? A tablet just for tweens? I'm not going to lie - I, too, was skeptical of the usefulness of another specialty tablet for kids. And then I read the specs, looked at the pictures, and caught the price. I changed my mind almost immediately - this thing is seriously impressive.

  • 10.1" 1366x786 IPS display
  • Quad-core Tegra 3 processor
  • 16GB or 32GB storage capacity
  • Front and rear cameras
  • NFC
  • Aluminum body
  • Android 4.1

...and it's only $250 for 16GBs! With this tablet, it seems that Fuhu has managed to do what we've wanted manufacturers to do all along: put out a quality device with top specs at a reasonable price. Not only that, but I think the nabi XD looks pretty awesome, too.

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The XD also features a pretty nifty sounding UI. Dubbed Kanzi, the custom UI will feature proprietary widgets, icons, and "gadgets," all of which can be dynamically arranged across the homescreens. The screens are also location and time aware, and can automatically transition throughout various setups according to the day/place by using custom rules; from the sound of it, it reminds me a lot of Chameleon Launcher for tablets.

Since the XD is designed for tweens, you can expect that it'll be used for homework, too. No worries - with a full productivity suite and optional pad-folio silicone keyboard, this thing's as serious about getting things done as it is about games and fun (no, that rhyme wasn't intentional, but feel free to use it in a jingle).

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So, when can you get one? The nabi XD will be available in a "limited release" beginning in late-December, with a full release coming in mid-January. The 16GB version will hit the streets at an unprecedented $250, with a 32GB model coming in at $350.

Fuhu, Inc. Unveils nabiXD: The World’s First Android Ultraportable for Tweens at $249

Fuhu, Inc. defines a new market for tablet users with its nabiXD, positioned as a tween’s first tablet with a keyboard dedicated to homework, gaming, social networking and kid-safe browsing

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 12, 2012 – Fuhu, Inc., the leader in tablets made just for kids, today unveiled the new nabi™ XD: an ultraportable tablet that combines the best of a notebook and tablet PC with an amazing 10.1-inch high-definition in-plane-switching (IPS), five-point capacitive touch screen. Positioned to be your tweens’ first portable computer, nabi XD features an NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 4-PLUS-1™ quad-core processor, Android™ 4.1 Jelly Bean, front and back cameras, near field communications (NFC) technology, 10-hours of battery life and the 10.1-inch screen – all for only $249. The nabi XD is a first of its kind, an Android ultraportable tablet with productivity apps, incredible console quality gaming, modified parental controls for browsing and a dynamic and intelligent gadget-based user interface that adapts based on the time of day and location.

Featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad-core processor

nabi XD features a beautiful 10.1-inch IPS 1366x768 HD capacitive touch screen running the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with a 5th battery saver core helps extend battery life so that nabi XD can go up to 10 hours between charges.

nabi XD introduces an affordable yet incredibly powerful, ultraportable hybrid tablet and notebook solution with pad-folio and integrated silicone keyboard cover

nabi XD features a sleek aluminum body that mirrors nabi’s trademarked flared corner design built for a long a productive life. Fuhu designers and engineers spent countless hours ensuring that each nabi is built with unmatched precision — meticulously thinking through every little detail. The result is a beautiful, thin, light, polished and refined look that feels incredibly strong and durable. Combined with its patent-pending optional pad-folio and integrated silicone keyboard cover that provides a traditional typing feel, nabi XD is your tweens’ ultimate first tablet PC.

“Smart” 3-D User Interface

In partnership with Rightware®’s Kanzi® user interface solution (UI), nabi XD is taking UIs to the next level. A tiled grid of dynamically updating gadgets, widgets and apps headlines the new UI. Pin as many gadgets as you like and move them around just the way you want. Define time and location based rules that dictate when and where your favorite gadgets show up. Want news in the morning and games in the evening? Create a rule for that! nabi XD’s UI lets you create multiple home screens each with your own layout of widgets, gadgets and apps. nabi XD’s home screen gadgets are designed to give you the most relevant information that you want, when you want it. Set rules for your home screens based on GPS locations, Wi-Fi networks and time, allowing you to define which home screen is the most relevant for any situation.

Incredible Gaming Experiences

nabi XD will be the first of the nabi family of tablets to feature NFC technologies. NFC allows you to sync devices simply by touching them together – Great for Bluetooth syncing or sync nabi’s exclusive family of 16 figurines with your nabi XD and challenge them to amazing battles while leveling up your unique character. Watch out for the Battle KINABIs™ game and figurines made for nabi XD!

“nabi XD features the most powerful specifications and brilliant display of the nabi tablet family. We are excited about what these new features bring to gaming and content,” said Fuhu’s CEO Jim Mitchell. “nabi XD represents a real transition in personal portable computing with an introduction of an Android-based productivity and gaming device.”

Pricing and Availability

The 10.1-inch nabi XD will be available late December in limited release and mid-January nationwide. The 16 GB model will be priced MSRP $249 and 32 GB for MSRP $349. Pad-folio and numerous other accessories will be available mid-January ranging from MSRP$19.99 and MSRP$89.99.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans

    NOW they make this WTF LOL

    • Cherokee4Life

      haha, I am about to buy the Nabi2 for the little one!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans Jr

        lol my wife bought the 7 inch one for herself and I rooted it so she could use it normally but now she will wnat this lol

  • mesmorino

    "The XD also features a pretty nifty sounding UI. Dubbed Kanzi, the custom UI will feature proprietary widgets, icons, and "gadgets," all of which can be dynamically arranged across the homescreens..." And will promptly be hated and universally reviled by the Android elite, who think stock Android is the only way to be.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans Jr

      while the other 99% will love it!

      • mesmorino

        Oh absolutely!

    • cybik

      Probably gonna run CM10.1 in less than a month after release.

    • ElfirBFG

      Oh, because the number of 10-14 year old 'Android elite' is staggering. *rollseyes*

      • mesmorino

        You seem to believe being elite has anything to do with how old you are, or how many of you there are. That, or you don't actually know what it means to be the elite *side eyes*

        • ElfirBFG

          Sorry but no one will gripe about stock on a tween tablet. Root and ROM if they don't like the ui.

          • mesmorino

            You assume that the people who will buy it are the same people it's being marketed to- How many tweens have $350 to spare, nevermind $250? You're right, the overwhelming majority of 14 and 15 year olds it's being marketed to won't really care one way or the other. They're not the ones I'm calling the "android elite". In fact, my entire comment wasn't directed at the target demographic in the first place.

          • ElfirBFG

            Their parents are the elite? I see 3 year olds on iPads regularly, they don't have 700 dollars, yet the have the device. I don't recall gripes about the older models' ui. Custom UCI for kids/tweens makes sense to me, an avid supporter of stock/CM/aokp/etc.

          • mesmorino

            You're still reading the comment in the wrong way (so to speak). When i say the android elite will turn up their nose at it, I'm referring to the snobbish enthusiasts- the ones rooted up the eyeballs running CM 150, flashing a custom rom every half hour- who might consider buying such a device for someone else (or maybe even for themselves), but wouldn't, due to a trivial issue like the UI.

            You know, the same people who shun samsung devices because of Touchwiz, or HTC because of Sense, claiming that the UI automatically ruins the device.

            THOSE are the people i'm talking about, be they parents, or rich 14 year olds with 5 tablets and 4 phones

          • ElfirBFG

            That person is me though. I've flashed every available rom for my phone and hate TW/SensenBlur

          • mesmorino

            Nah, not unless you're snobbish about it. Like, some people would rather use a Nexus 1 rather than a Galaxy S3 or a Desire HD, *purely* because of Touchwiz and Sense, despite both of them being FAR better phones. You may be an enthusaist but not all enthusiasts are snobs

          • ElfirBFG

            I'd rather an GNex or an N4 over those phones. And it's not just the custom UI(big part of it though), there's also the fact that they receive delayed updates. We're on 4.2, and the non-Google flagships are going from ICS to 4.1. If they are only on ICS, the are NOT better phones. ICS was an improvement, but JB itself made phones better regardless of their internals. Cutting edge flagships are talked down for crap UIs/slow updates because they are 'top-of-the-line' and aimed at 'power-users', or at the very least, usable by 'power-users', but w/o the proper support and their butchered UI. they're not usable in their factory form. However, the Nabi XD is 'designed just for tweens', so it shouldn't be subjected same scrutiny that the flagship handsets are by us 'Goog-snobs' because it's PURPOSELY limited. If you want pure Google, you get an N7/10, not a Nabi. It has a rather weak(see: cheaper) display, but Nabi's are meant to be profitable, because they cannot take losses on hardware the same way Google can with their Nexus line.

    • Lucas Laws

      If its anything like the Nabi 2, you'll be able to switch to stock Android for the parental mode.

    • ElfirBFG

      None of the downvotes are mine, I take no offence to differing opinions. (Just wanted to make that clear.) I appreciate your responses.

  • Tom

    So it has a porn blocker?

  • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

    This tablet will kick ass with CM 10.1.

  • VoiceofSky

    The specs and Price combo for this thing are pretty impressive indeed.. But that Screen resolution for a 10 inch tablet is just weak man .. Then again,Maybe i'm just spoiled by having my Nexus 10 by my side :)-

    • Matthew Fry

      LOL. Every screen seems lackluster compared to the Nexus 10. Now if the damn thing would stop rebooting all the time.

      • VoiceofSky

        ok dang,kinda hate admitting it but yea it has randomly Rebooted on me from time to time before (not lately) .. so yea,that sucks lol..hope it's not a hardware Problem 0_0

  • Mario

    The $100 price jump for the 32GB model is too much. $50 is the sweet spot.

  • Quryous

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    Seriously, what is with this charging $100USD just to add 16GB of internal memory? That is something I'd expect from Apfail, and wouldn't buy from them, either. At $25 difference, I'd certainly consider it, though.
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    How much for the folio cover? And I DON"T mean what RANGE.
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    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      They haven't announced pricing for the keyboard cover yet.

  • http://www.swehes.com/ Hans-Erik

    Just learned a new word today.
    'tween [tween] Show IPA
    preposition
    1. contraction of between.
    noun
    2. Also, tween, tweeny. a youngster between 10 and 12 years of age, considered too old to be a child and too young to be a teenager.

  • Zaatour36

    Any ports ?

    HDMI, Micro USB, Micro SD?

    I think it has really good spec, and great display compared to others!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Not sure. They only info released at this point is what's in the PR.

    • Lucas Laws

      Well, considering the Nabi 2 has micro USB and micro(mini?) HDMI, and micro SD , I would assume so.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Genjinaro Genjinaro

    This price + specs + build quality... OMG man, awesome. Sorry "tweens", this one is for me.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Yep. I actually really want one. Looks awesome to me.

  • Matthew Fry

    Sigh... and yet again Android manufacturers perpetuate the same bullshit Apple does. That stuffing an additional 16GB of memory costs nearly 30% more to make. Not that I can complain too much. The people that are wealthy enough to afford the additional 16GB are the ones subsidizing the price on my much cheaper tablet...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Werner-Salinas/707962640 Werner Salinas

    Damn

  • Cuvis

    Pretty nice tablet for the price. Heck, I'm drooling over it a bit.

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