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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