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There is a new tablet in the offing from ViewSonic. Named ViewPad G70, the 7 inch device will have Android 4.0 on board and will get to see the light of day at the upcoming MWC.

The tablet sports some decent specifications which should appeal to the price conscious out there. Like, it would be a 7 inch tablet with a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. This converts to a healthy 160 ppi in pixel density and will reading off it a pleasure inducing affair. The processor that would be at the heart of the device is not known though on board RAM would be of 1 GB while storage space of 4 GB. It would have memory expansion capability with a microSD card slot. Other hardware aspects of the tablet include a mini HDMI output and a mini USB port. The tablet would also have 3G connectivity along with a camera along the front and rear of the device.

As for as the price of the tablet, its likely to be around $350 which would be confirmed at the MWC even to be held at Barcelona.

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The biggies in the business, such as Lenovo, Dell, and Acer, have all made known their commitment to the upcoming Windows 8 platform. ViewSonic has addded itself to that list by recently announcing they will develop a tablet device running Windows 8. The tablet will come with a 10 inch display, which ViewSonic has clarified will be launched sometime in the second quarter of 2012. Which is surprising, because Windows 8 has been set for a release not a moment before the third quarter of 2012.

As Max Liu, the product marketing director of ViewSonic Asia Pacific puts it, “The Windows 8 model will come with a 10-inch display with high resolution initially.” Given these scenarios, a possible explanation could be that the tablet would be released with Windows 7 as its OS, only to be upgraded later on when the official version of Windows 8 comes to be.

Update: Just got a mail from a ViewSonic spokesperson claiming the Windows 8 tablet they are working on will be launched during the second half of 2012 and not Q2 2012 as is mentioned above.

“ViewSonic expects Windows 8 in the market the second half of 2012, not the second quarter, and the company is working on a Windows 8 tablet solution to hit the market in the same timeframe,” is what the statement revealed.

Thanks Amy!

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ViewSonic ViewPad 7E is the latest player in the budget tablet segment in India which might well turn out to be proverbial cat among the (tablet) pigeons. The 7E is also different from the rest of the tablet crowd in that the tablet is done in pearl white which contrasts from the usual black shade that tablet devices have come to be associated with. However, perhaps the biggest USP of the ViewPad 7E is that its going to be available for INR. 13,000 only though the company isn’t revealing just yet when exactly the tablet will hit streets. The nearest that we have on this is that the 7E will be launch ‘soon’.

These apart, the tablet comes with a 7 inch display with an aspect ratio of 4:3 which makes it more suitable for reading e-books. A rubberized back end also aids in this while a shatter proof glass display makes the 7E more durable. A 1 GHz processor forms the heart of the tablet while the rest of the specs comprise of a 512 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory which is further expandable up to 32 GB via microSD cards, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, microUSB, and HDMI ports.

A company statement stated: “The Viewpad 7e comes with a book-like cover, and is the ideal multimedia tablet for students or businesspeople who enjoy reading books, watching videos and playing games on the go. Built-in Bluetooth and WiFi capability allow users to download their favourite YouTube videos, games and music.”

The 7E also features 3 megapixel and 0.3 megapixel rear and front cameras respectively and is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. However, its not known what e-book reading apps the tablet will come bundled with though of course, you can have all of it from the Good e-Reader App Store completely free of cost.

“ViewPad 7e delivers a powerful entertainment experience at an affordable price. It’s the newest addition to our ViewPad tablet series, which are equipped with the latest high-performance technologies,” said Ajay Sharma, country manager, ViewSonic Technologies India during the launch.

In any case, the ViewPad 7E is among the better received ViewSonic tablet devices and has got positive reviews in Europe where it had gone on sale last year. These should be reason enough for the tablet to make it big in India, more so after it has been priced just right at a quite affordable INR. 13,000.

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The ViewSonic ViewPad 7e is being held in the same breath as the Amazon Kindle Fire, owing to the same $199.99 price tag for both. However, while Amazon has already made it known when its Kindle Fire will be hitting streets, ViewSonic has been less prompt on that. Until today, that is, when it finally made it clear the ViewPad will make its North American debut in late October, followed by a November release in the Latin Americas.

However, the ViewPad 7e is at par with the Kindle Fire on the price front, it does have some inherent advantage vis-a-vis Amazon offering. The ViewPad 7e covers a wider spectrum than that of the Kindle Fire (which is more Amazon-centric with the ability to only read books, watch movies, and listen to music that’s available only at Amazon). The ViewSonic tablet also boasts of a 3 megapixel camera at the rear for taking snaps and videos and a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera as well for holding video calls. The ViewPad 7e can also be connected to an external display through its HDMI port while the SD card slot will allow for more storage (32 GB) options once the 4 GB of internal memory has reached its limits.

As for the tablet itself, the ViewPad 7e comes with a 7 inch capacitive display with 800 x 600 pixel resolution. The tablet is based on a 1 GHz ARM A8 single core processor. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which comprises of the SPB Shell 3D application launcher and the Swype keyboard application integrated to it. For connectivity, the ViewSonic7e has 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

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The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 has just started with the pre-order process and has quite a few things going for it. Like the tablet boasts of a special feature whereby its GPS facility remains active even when the device is not connected to the net. Running Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the IdeaPad A1 also comes with a decent set of features and is in the 7 inch tablet group.

However, the most attractive feature of the IdeaPad A1 has been its price tag, which at $199 for the basic model made the tablet really affordable. Unfortunately, for some reason not yet revealed, Lenovo has raised the price of the IdeaPad A1 to $229 in its most basic form thereby robbing it of the price parity that it enjoyed with the Amazon Kindle Fire as well as the ViewPad 7e from View Sonic.

So at $229, what one get’s with the Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is 2 GB of internal memory with the color option being only black. Add $20 more and what you get is a slightly advanced version with 16 GB of internal storage capacity while the color option at this price is both white and black. Blue and pink were the other color options earlier announced though both have also been removed.

As for the reason behind the price hike, while Lenovo isn’t forthcoming with any explanation, maybe Lenovo just wants the consumers to know the IdeaPad A1 is not a cheap tablet built to tickle the buyer’s price sensitivity. Instead, Lenovo perhaps wishes to convey the IdeaPad A1 is a full fledged tablet device with all features built in it that one has come to associate with a proper tablet. They’d like to stay ahead of the budget tablet segment and portray the IdeaPad A1 as a device that is better than the Amazon Kindle Fire or the ViewSonic ViewPad 7e.

Whether the consumer’s still stick to the IdeaPad A1 in substantial number is what remains to be seen. Interestingly, the price hike has come at a time when many tablet manufacturer has resorted to heavy price cuts to boost sales.

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There would be a variety of tablets available in the market shortly from ViewSonic. The company made this announcement at the IFA 2011 event. Three varieties from the company would be coming out shortly, with one being the ViewPad 7x which would have a screen of 7 inch dimension with Android 3.2 Honeycomb as the operating system. The second one called the ViewPad 10 pro will comprise of a 10 inch display. It would be a dual boot Windows tablet based on the new Intel Oak trail chipset. The ViewPad7e completes the trio but is more oriented towards e-book reading than being a full fledged tablet PC.

The ViewPad 7x comes with a capacitive multi-touch screen having a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. It is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor and has both front and rear facing camera. 8 GB of memory is integral to the device as well as GPS. ViewScene 3D, a custom software from ViewSonic is the user interface of the device. The casing of the gadget has been crafted using a technique called injection molding which makes the casing moiré durable but lighter too. Price of this tablet is expected to be €349 or $499 when it is available in late September.

One would get the best of two worlds with the ViewPad 10 which comes with dual boot facility between Windows 7 Professional or Android 2.3 Gingerbread with easy switch over facility between the two OS. This device also comes with a multi-touch display screen but of 10 inch size. The tablet is expected to be available for a price of € 499 or $714 in September though its going to be the Wi-Fi version only.

Not much details about the ViewPad7e is available and is known to have a display screen with multi-touch feature and of 4:3 ratio. The device would have Amazon Kindle pre-installed and it would support web browsing and multimedia play back. The device would also have Bluetooth and HDMI output. It is expected to be also out in the later part of the year with a price tag of €169 or $242.

Keep watching as we bring you more right from IFA Berlin.

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The price of a tablet is inversely proportional to its sales figure and the HP TouchPad has been a living (or perhaps dying) proof of that. HP first tried by slashing price of its TouchPad by $100, though sales continued to languish. They cut the price down to $99 and suddenly the tablet became an overnight hot favorite.

However, while the TouchPad is slowly seen taking the backseat, ViewSonic is keen to keep the craze going with a low cost tablet of its own named the ViewPad 7e. Also, while we expect the tablet to be unveiled in all its glory at the IFA trade show scheduled to be held next week, here are some of the tablet’s specs that has leaked out to give us an inkling of what the real thing will be like.

For instance, the ViewPad 7e comes with a 7 inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, Bluetooth, HDMI, and Wi-Fi. The device will come pre-loaded with Amazon Kindle to enhance its appeal as an e-reader, while also being capable of surfing the web or acting as a multimedia playback device. The tablet will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread instead of Honeycomb. However, what is yet to be known about the device is the specification with regards to the device screen resolution or the processor that it is running on, and also the touch panel technology to be used.

Cost of the device is expected to be €169 which translates to around USD 240 and is slated to be launched in the fourth quarter. Other tablet PCs that will also be there at the ViewSonic stall at IFA include ViewPad 7x and ViewPad 10pro.

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Finally, here is a tablet that can rid you of all the complaints that you may have had so far of tablet PCs running Windows, without having to give up on Android. Welcome the new ViewPad 10Pro from ViewSonic that dual boots both Android and Windows. The 10 inch tablet with an Intel Atom Oak Trail processor was being showcased by ViewSonic since early this year and now it seems it is finally ready to hit the streets.

One of the biggest pluses with the ViewPad 10Pro is its battery life that has gained a degree of respectability, which in turn can be attributed to the use of Intel Z670 Atom processor based on the Oak Trail platform with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. Run-time is touted to be in the range of 8 hours on a single charge, which is a couple of hours more than what Wintel tablets are generally known for.

Another big advantage of the ViewPad 10Pro is its ability to run both Android and Windows applications.  Also, even though the tablet runs both the Windows and Android operating systems, the device is not a dual boot one in the truest sense since you won’t be required to reboot in order to switch between the two OSs. Instead, a tap on an icon is all that is needed to switch between the two. This since the base operating system is Windows with Android running over it as a virtualized layer over Windows. ViewSonic attributes this feature to the use of a software named BlueStacks.

As for its specs, the ViewPad 10Pro comes with a 1024 X 600 pixel 10.1 inch screen based on capacitive multitouch technology. The tablet includes a 2 GB RAM and can support up to 32 GB of max storage capacity. For output the tablet has HDMI outport and it can playback 1080p HD video. It also has support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

There are two versions of the tablet; one which runs Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 2.3 and is priced at $599, while the other at $699 has a 32 GB SSD running Windows 7 Professional along with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

However, the tablet still runs the risk of skitling out of public memory soon as the world has moved on since the tablet was first announced. It’s Windows 8 that we are looking forward to and the new Windows version is making all the right noises so far. Android too has made steady progress so that the tablet optimized Honeycomb version is doing the rounds now and Ice Cream Sandwich is next in the pipeline. But who knows, the tablet might be upgradeable to both the new versions of Android and Windows.

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Well, Diwali is the festival of lights and its also the best shopping season in the country. Purse string are the loosest during this time and various companies are all too aware of that. Like ViewSonic that already has let it known it is targeting the Diwali shopping crowd with its new 7 inch tablet which is likely to be the one it had showcased at the Computex 2011.

However, the one thing that makes the ViewSonic offering that much more special — apart from it running Android Honeycomb of course — is that it will be WiMAX capable, making it the first tablet to be launched in India that can boast of 4G speeds. Needless to say, WiMAX is a 4G technology and offers a much more enhanced internet browsing experience than the prevalent 3G technology. Currently its only state owned BSNL that is offering 4G services on a large scale though a number of operators are all set to join the 4G party soon.

As for the tablet itself, while nothing is known for sure as yet, its the ViewSonic ViewPad 7X that also boasts of 3D capabilities that is most likely to make the cut for the Indian market. The ViewPad 7x is built around a Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core and is coupled to a 1 GB RAM. It comes with 2 and 5 megapixel camera along the front and rear, along with USB and HDMI ports. It has 7 GB of on-board storage while upfront, it has a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024×600 pixels. Viewsonic had then mentioned at the Computex event it will have the 4G version ready by fall, which makes it an even more likely candidate for the Indian launch. However, ViewSonic hasn’t confirmed its the ViewPad 7X that it plans to launch in India.

Instead, all that Ajay Sharma, country manager of Viewsonic India had to say is this: “We will launch a 7 inch Android Honeycomb tablet this Diwali, and this will be our first tablet with WiMax network support. It will be a very important launch for us as the country prepares to usher the 4G era.”

Keep watching though as we keep tracking the developments here.

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There have been tablets running the Android operating system and tablets running the Windows 7 OS. There has also been tablet PCs running both the Android and Windows 7 operating system, though it’s no secret the latter has never made it big in the market.

However, that has not deterred ViewSonic from making another attempt at a tablet running Android as well as Windows. Their latest tablet – the ViewPad 10Pro is just that and the good thing is, it has already made it past FCC regulations for its Bluetooth and WiFi functionalities.

Running the 1.5 GHz Intel Oak Trail processor, the ViewPad 10Pro comes with a 10 inch display.  However, one unique aspect of the 10Pro, that sets it apart from many a dual boot tablet PC we have seen earlier, is that the ViewSonic tablet is not what we mean by a true blue Android tablet. This since the tablet has been designed to run Android in a Windows-based virtualization application.

The rest of the details have been kept under wraps so that there is no inkling as to when we can expect the tablet in the market or at what price. Battery life is also of critical importance in a Windows tablet’s success. There is no information yet as to what sort of battery life we can expect out of the 10Pro.

Keep watching for more on this.

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If price is the most important criterion for you when out to buy an Android tablet than the ViewBook from ViewSonic can make for a decent buy. The cost sutting measures adopted shown in that the ViewBook will keep you out out of all the Honeycomb action but it still makes a strong case for itself with some pretty nice specifications and a rich feature list.

For instance, the ViewBook runs Android 2.2 Froyo but has a 1 GHz Cortex-A8 processor at it core. The ViewBook also comes pre-loaded with some cool stuff like the Amazon Kindle or the Amazon Mp3. The tablet also includes the Amazon app store app while connectivity options with the ViewBook includes 802.11b/g networking and Bluetooth.

These apart, the ViewBook also comes with the usual tablet features such a built-in G-sensor and an accelerometer, along with a camera integrated at the front. Another cools feature of the ViewBook is its compatibility with Flash 10.1 and comes with 8 GB of on-board storage. The latter can be further expanded to 32 GB via micro SD card slot. The ViewBook is also handy with a weight of just 0.95 lbs. and an overall thickness of only 0.55 inches.

The ViewBook is right now available from Amazon for a quite affordable $229.99.

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The 7 inch Honeycomb tablet space is getting crowded. It’s not just the Huawei MediaPad or the Acer Iconia Tab A100 that were the first to release a 7 inch Honeycomb tablet for the market, there have been other companies in the reckoning as well. ViewSonic has made its intentions clear with the ViewSonic 7x, which is expected to reach markets by the middle of August. The Huawei MediaPad release date is expected to be the third quarter of 2011. Unfortunately, we do not know for sure when the Acer Iconia A100 will be ready for its market debut.

However, the ViewSonic 7x won’t be referred as such once it reaches Japan. The tablet will be called Mangrove 7 and will be offered by Camangi. To clear any doubts, Camangi is in charge of all ViewSonic operations in Japan.

For features, the ViewSonic 7x will pack a 7inch Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of flash storage, a 2 megapixel camera at the front, and a 5 megapixel camera at the rear. Running Android 3.1, the Mangrove 7 also boasts of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, GPS, mini HDMI output, and USB 2.0 slot.

The tablet gets its juice from a 1600mAh battery and weighs just 380 grams while having a thickness of 11.92 mm. The device is priced 49,800 yen in Japan for the Wi-Fi and HSPA+ version. This comes out to about $499 for the tablet when it reaches the USA.

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The Viewbook is another tablet PC that promises to be pocket friendly, though not to the extent of the $99 Arnova 7. The ViewBook 730 that ViewSonic has lined up for a month-end launch will sport a sticker price of $249.99. What this means is that it has the Nook Color squarely in its sights, though it can also make things difficult for a few more tablet PCs. In fact, ViewBook will comprise of an entire range of tablet PCs with the ViewBook 730 being the first off the block.

The tablet features a 7 inch resistive touchscreen display having a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and will also include a stylus for writing and drawing. It will also come with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor along with 8 GB of on-board storage. The tablet also includes a microSD card slot that allows for an additional 32 GB of storage. Then there is also a HDMI out port along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as connectivity options with the ViewBook 730. The tablet will also be capable of 1080p video playback. As for its battery performance, ViewSonic is promising up to 8 hours of run time on a single charge.

The ViewBook 730 runs Android 2.2 Froyo, and while it seems unlikely to be able to access the Android Market, the tablet can still boast of having the Amazon Appstore pre-loaded.

“In the tablet marketplace, there are plenty of solutions to choose from,” said Michael Holstein, the vice president of business development at ViewSonic. “We recognized a need for a tablet device that offers users an excellent multimedia experience with a very affordable value proposition. From the pre-installed Amazon Kindle eReader to full Amazon app integration and Flash 10.1 support, our new ViewBook 730 enables consumers to do all the fun things that they want to do on a tablet without the added cost for features they don’t need.”

ViewSonic will also come with Amazon’s Kindle, MP3, and shopping apps as well as Twitter, Mediafly, and YouTube apps. The ViewSonic ViewBook 730 will support Adobe Flash Player 10.1. ViewBook 730 also features RiteTouch technology, which is comparable to the HTC Scribe and will include a sketcher app as well along with the stylus.

So what seems evident is that MSI won’t be the only company who will be getting into the budget Android tablet space, though the ViewBook 730 with a price tag of $249.99 will surely be a little more costly than the upcoming $200 MSI WindPad Enjoy 7 or the $99 Arnova 7 tablet.

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