Well despite Samsung’s hopes, they’re not going to be the only ones with a 7in tablet this holiday season. That being said, say hello to the ViewSonic ViewPad. The ViewPad is going to come in two different sizes actually, a Galaxy Tab fighting 7in model and an iPad fighting 10.1in model (pictured above). So what are the specs? Keep on reading:
- Android 2.2
- Qualcomm SnapDragon Processor (no mention of how many MHz)
- 512MB integrated memory + microSD slot
- b/g WiFi, has 3G abilities, just supply your own SIM
- 7in, 800×480 capacitive touch screen
- 3MP Rear camera, .3MP front facing camera
- Android 1.6 (I just threw up in my mouth a little bit)
- Dual boots with Windows 7 Home Premium
- 10.1in, 1024×600, LED backlit, capacitive touchscreen
- 1.66GHz Intel Atom, 1GB integrated memory
- 16GB SSD + microSD expansion
- 1.3MP front facing camera w/ microphone
- Released Q1 2011
So there you have it. Please don’t ask us why on Earth ViewSonic chose to dual-boot Windows 7 with Android 1.6, we have no idea. One can only hope for a quick upgrade to Android 3.0. But I can tell you this, the ViewPad 7 sure looks like an attractive alternative to the Galaxy Tab. There are a lot of people who don’t want to pad $599 or $699 for an unsubsidized tablet, so $479 for the ViewPad 7 will fit the bill nicely.
WALNUT, Calif. – November 1, 2010 – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced its ViewPad line of Android-based devices, featuring the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10.
“Leveraging our 20-year display heritage, these new ViewPad solutions provide users with anytime anywhere connectivity,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager for ViewSonic Americas. “With access to the universe of Android apps, our new ViewPads are perfectly suited for enjoying digital entertainment and social media. Office productivity is also a snap with robust web browsing functionality.”
ViewPad 7 – The Android 2.2 ViewPad 7 combines a powerful processor with 3.5G capable data technology in a lightweight, pocket-sized 7″ form factor. With an 800×480 WVGA LCD screen, this device is one of the only 7″ tablet solutions with Android Google Mobile Services (GMS). As a result, consumers can connect to a selection of more than 100,000 apps and games along with Gmail, YouTube and more for a superior and convenient entertainment solution that fits today’s mobile lifestyle.
With its wireless 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® connectivity the ViewPad 7 supports instant messaging, VoIP, and all the web browsing and USB connectivity functions of a capacitive multi-touch device. The ViewPad 7 features 2 built-in cameras: a 3-megapixel, auto focus camera in the rear and a 0.3 megapixel camera in the front. In addition to the integrated 512MB of memory, the ViewPad 7 offers up to an additional 32GB of storage capacity via the micro SD card slot, along with battery life of up to 10 hours. The result is the ultimate device for connected fun and multitasking – in a compact size easier to carry than a netbook and with better media performance than a smartphone.
The ViewPad 7 will be available in late Q4 2010 for an ESP of $479. Third-party accessories and ViewCare™ extended warranties will also be available at launch.
ViewPad 10 – Innovative and productive, this 10.1″ dual-boot Wi-Fi device gives users a choice between Windows® 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6 within the same device. With a high performance, high speed Intel® Atom™ 1.66GHz processor, integrated 1GB of memory, 16GB SSD hard drive and expandable micro SD slot, the ViewPad 10 is ideally designed to view Flash-based content and Office programs with Windows, and for an optimized mobile entertainment experience with Android. Additionally, the 1024×600 LED backlit panel includes a G-sensor and capacitive multi-touch for intuitive navigation across multiple applications. Teamed with a 1.3-megapixel webcam with built-in microphone, the ViewPad 10 is great for videoconferencing as well.
The ViewPad 10 with dual-boot OS will be available in Q1 2011 for an ESP of $629. Third-party accessories and ViewCare™ extended warranties will be available at launch.
For further information on ViewSonic products, please visit ViewSonic.com or follow ViewSonic on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
About ViewSonic ViewSonic® Corporation is a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions. ViewSonic develops, markets and supports a broad range of innovative products, including LCD TVs, computers, LCD monitors, projectors, digital photo frames, digital signage displays and digital media players. For further information, please contact ViewSonic Corporation at 800.888.8583 or 909.444.8888; or visit ViewSonic.com.