Makro and Microsoft recently announced the launch of the E Fun Nextbook in South Africa, with the two Windows 8.1-based models of the tablet PC available at Makro.
The Nextbook 8, which features an 8-inch screen, costs R1,499, while the launch price of the Nextbook 10.1 was set at R2,999.
Both devices feature a USB and micro HDMI port, and include a one year subscription to Office 365 which comes with unlimited OneDrive storage and 60 free Skype World Call minutes per month.
The 10.1-inch model also comes with its own hard cover keyboard which can be attached to the tablet.
For the moment E Fun’s new Nextbook tablet PCs are only available through Makro in South Africa.
Since Makro is a Massmart company and since 51% of Massmart was acquired by US-based Walmart, it is interesting to compare Makro’s prices to those of Walmart – which we have done.
|Nextbook model||Nextbook 8″ 16GB||Nextbook 10.1″ 16GB 2-in-1|
|ZAR price excl. VAT||R1,315||R2,631|
|US price in ZAR||R1,669||R2,005|
|ZAR price in Intl. $||$257||$515|
US prices are quoted without sales tax, so to ensure a fair comparison a line is included in the table above where South Africa’s Value Added Tax (VAT) is excluded from the Makro price.
For the sake of interest the International Dollar equivalent of the Makro price (excl. VAT) is also shown. The World Bank’s purchasing power parity (PPP) conversion factor for 2013 was used.
The World Bank explains on its Open Data website that the PPP conversion factor is the number of units of a country’s currency required to buy the same amount of goods and services in the domestic market as the US Dollar would buy in the United States. This conversion factor is for GDP.
To get a conversion factor for 2013, figures are extrapolated from the 2011 International Comparison Program (ICP) benchmark estimates, or imputed using a statistical model based on the 2011 ICP.