ViewSonic had made its presence felt at the just concluded Consumer Electronic Show with a few tablet devices the most notable amongst which is a 10 inch and a 4 inch device. These two tablet PCs will add to the ViewPad series of tablets – the Android running ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 that dual boots both Windows 7 and Android.
Coming to the two tablets, the larger 10 inch device impresses with its 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and runs Google Android 2.2 Froyo. The tablet will have a 10.1 inch display and will include features such as an HDMI out, USB ports as well as a micro SD card slot. The tablet also features 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 1.3 megapixel built-in webcam.
Coming to the other device that is perhaps more interesting of the two is the 4 incher that is drawing more attention due to its weird labeling than anything else. For with a 4.1 inch display, the device is well into smartphone territory though ViewSonic would like it to be treated as nothing less than a tablet device with phone capabilities. Maybe one of the reason for ViewSonic to call the 4 incher a tablet is the absence of any hard keyboard and its making do with only a virtual keyboard. But then there also are quite a few smartphones even bigger than the ViewPad 4 that does not come with a keypad but is still not called a tablet. Case in point is the Motorola Droid X.
The ViewPad 4 will also pack in some interesting specs in the form of a Qualcomm MSM 8255 1GHz processor, 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM, a 4.1 inch WVGA capacitive touch screen having a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels along with 2GB of internal storage. The tablet also includes a rear facing 5 megapixel auto focusing camera capable of capturing 720p quality videos along with a 3 megapixel front facing camera as well.
The ViewPad 4 runs the Google Android 2.2 operating system and connects via Bluetooth 2.1 or 802.11n Wi-Fi. The tablet also has on offer a Web browser as well as a Swype input. Also, the ViewPad is expected to cost about $549 in its unlocked state when it is eventually released which is likely to take place around the middle of this year.
However, none of these two new tablet PCs is going to be available in the US just yet where consumers will have to do with only the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 for now.
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