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Viewsonic Announces Availability of Two New Tablets

ViewSonic is not really known for much outside of their monitors. They did jump on the netbook train, but they had limited success with that. They had released their netbook after the majority of the big players had already managed large market penetration and that limited their adoption rate. This time around, it looks like they?re actually on schedule and launching with all of the big boys.

ViewSonic's ViewPad 7 runs Google Android 2.2 "Froyo". No word on upgradeability to Gingerbread or HoneycombViewsonic?s two tablets carry the ViewPad branding following the Viewsonic brand name. The ViewPad 7 is obviously a 7" Android tablet with 3.5G [HSPA] capability. It also has an 800×480 resolution display, which should be fairly well fitting. In addition to that, it will be running Android 2.2 "Froyo" meaning that it will be able to support accelerated Flash – among all the other features. The ViewPad 7 will also support Wi-Fi, but will be limited to 802.11 b/g without any Wireless N support. We find this missing feature to possibly be a deal breaker for consumers expecting the latest technologies to be present in the newest products. There?s a good chance that many tablets coming out around the same time or slightly later will have this feature included.

As far as the cameras go, there will be a 3.0 Megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera. In addition to the 512MB of memory, the ViewPad 7 offers up to 32GB of additional storage via built-in MicroSD card slot. We recommend making sure that if you go this route, that you get a high data rate class 10 memory card.

The expected battery life for this device is 10 hours, but would definitely require real world testing to confirm. The listed starting price for this device is $479 which isn?t actually too bad considering the specifications, even though the processor used isn?t listed. nVidia Tegra, Qualcomm Snapdragon or Texas Instruments OMAP… or maybe even a fourth player.

As you can see, Windows 7-based tablet isn't powerful enough to run Aero interface
As you can see, Windows 7-based tablet doesn’t have the graphics horsepower needed to run Aero user interface

The ViewPad 10 features a 10" dual-booting WiFi device that allows consumers to choose between Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6 "Donut". The ViewPad 10 will be powered by an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 1GB of memory and a 16GB SSD and expandable microSD card slot. The 10" LED backlit display will feature multi-touch and will operate at a lowly 1024×600 resolution, not even enabling true 720P video playback.

The ViewPad 10 will also sport a 1.3 megapixel webcam with built in microphone for video chatting via applications such as Skype. The ViewPad 10 is expected to be available in first quarter 2011 at an estimated sale price of $629, higher than the ViewPad 7 for good reason. Then again, even though the specifications of the device weren’t available at press time, you can’t expect for Intel Atom platform to have enough graphics horsepower to run Aero UI or atleast with a reasonable battery life.