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.