The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Pro is another device offering flexibility. We first saw this at CES but were reminded after ViewSonic improved the device to include 3G. The ability to dual-boot Windows and Android… is why you gotta love it!
t is powered by Intel’s Oak Trail platform, though the exact processor used is still a mystery.
The display is a capacitive multi-touch panel (obviously) with a diagonal of 10 inches and a native resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels.
There is also mention of integrated WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G, though this is unsurprising considering that having wireless network access is more or less compulsory for slates.
The other major asset is the dual-boot functionality, as ViewSonic threw in not just Windows 7 Professional (for business use) but Also Google’s Android 2.2 (for social entertainment).
“Last month Deloitte predicted, in its annual sector forecast, that UK companies will buy more than 10 million tablet devices in 2011,” said Derek Wright, product marketing manager at ViewSonic Europe.
“ViewSonic is well placed to capitalize on this market and offers users the best of both worlds from one device” he added.
“Dual-boot enables users to access business software that only runs on Windows and investigate Android without switching completely. Many users enjoy the familiarity of Windows but want to get to know Android and configure their preferences before using it more widely.”
The product will be on show at MWC
Take for example the ViewSonic V350 for the world traveler. It lets you put two SIM cards into one device, meaning you can take advantage of various voice/data plans depending on the country and SIMs you’re currently using. You’ll hear more from me about Android phones, and phones in general, offering more flexibility for international support. Until carriers get it together and to it themselves, I’m glad to see a company like Viewsonic try to address the issue as best they can.
The V350 is nothing groundbreaking, but it does offer a 3.5-inch display of HVGA resolution (no word on multi-touch yet), 5-megapixel autofocus camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS and a MicroSD card slot. It runs Android Froyo. The dual-sim technology allows the phone to be on two separate networks at the same time.
ViewSonic has unveiled the Android OS-based ViewPad 7 multitouch tablet at the 2010 IFA Show in Berlin.
The 7-inch ViewPad 7 runs Androdid 2.2 with access to the Google Android app marketplace and provides 3G phone, augmented reality, navigation, and ebook reading functionality, besides Internet and multimedia capabilities.
It uses a 600MHz Qualcomm “Snapdragon” processor and has a Micro SD slot for up to 32GB of storage capacity, a front VGA and back-facing 3.2MP camera, stereo speakers, a full-size SIM card slot, Wi-Fi, integrated Bluetooth, Assisted GPS, built-in accelerometer, a mini-USB port, and an audio connector.
The LED-backlight display has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 is a 7-inch Android tablet that answers the call for a carrier-agnostic alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Priced around $450, the ViewPad 7 offers an impressive spec sheet, Android Market access, and all the accoutrements of Android 2.2. It isn’t an iPad killer, but its accessible SIM and memory card make it one of the most flexible high-end Android tablets available.