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.
[showhide type=’pressrelease’]ViewSonic Introduces New Sub-$200 Android-Based Tablet
ViewPad® 7e with ViewScene™ 3D interface is performance-packed at an irresistible price
Monday, October 24th, 2011
WALNUT, Calif. – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today expanded its ViewPad tablet lineup to include the new ViewPad 7e.
Created with the economical consumer in mind, while offering the newest and most in-demand features, the ViewPad 7e is ViewSonic’s latest addition to the successful ViewPad tablet lineup. This convenient 7″ Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread tablet combines a powerful 1GHz processor that is excellent for flash video and web browsing. The included Amazon Services for Android and Amazon Kindle™ for Android applications create a great tablet and e-reading device. With pre-installed apps like Twitter, TuneIn Radio and WildTangent games, a service for convenient browsing, downloading and purchasing of online and social games, the ViewPad 7e delivers a layered, intuitive experience that is sure to please all ages and wallets.
ViewSonic has further improved the Gingerbread experience with its exclusive ViewScene 3D interface to deliver an intuitive home screen layout with holographic visual effects. With the new ViewSonic user interface, usability and navigation is unparalleled. Users can quickly get up to speed and customize their favorite apps, delivered directly from the Android storefront.
With its RiteTouch technology and multi-touch capability, it’s easy to write directly on the ViewPad 7e’s 800×600 LED backlit screen. It is perfect for note taking in the classroom, or highlighting excerpts within a novel or textbook. RiteTouch technology makes it easy to swipe across content, zoom in and out, and scroll through emails using either a fingertip or a stylus. Texting couldn’t be easier with the built-in Swype™ keyboard, making typing lightening fast right out of the box.
Whether experiencing 1080p video playback via the Micro HDMI connection, enjoying Flash 10.3 based applications, or engaging in video chats or taking photos using the dual cameras (3MP rear, VGA 0.3MP front), the ViewPad 7e delivers a robust yet cost-effective multimedia experience. In addition to 4GB of internal storage, the ViewPad 7e offers up to 32GB of additional storage capacity via the micro SD card slot. Teamed with Wi-Fi® 802.11 g/b/n and Bluetooth® support, consumers are able to stay connected to all their favorite multimedia content wherever they go. For added convenience and functionality, the ViewPad 7e offers ViewSonic’s AirSync® technology to ensure that tablet owners will receive over-the-air device updates as they are rolled out, from feature add-ons to software updates.
The ViewPad 7e will be available in North America at the end of October for an ESP of $199.99. Latin America will follow with product availability in November.[/showhide]
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