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.