November 1, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Viewsonic has announced that it will soon begin selling two Android tablets, one of which can also boot to run Windows 7. While the Viewpad 7 will go on sale this month, the Viewpad 10 will arrive early next year. Here’s a look at each device.
The ViewPad 7 is a 7-inch LCD capacitive tablet with 800×480 WVGA display. It sports Android 2.2, and unlike many Android tablets we’ve seen in the pass, the ViewPad actually has support for Google Mobile Services. That means buyers will have access to Google-owned apps like Gmail, YouTube, and the Android Market. There’s a 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus on the rear and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The ViewPad has WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth, USB, 512 MB memory, and up to 32 GB microSD support. The ViewPad 7 is $479 and goes on sale in Q4 2010 (this month or next).
The ViewPad 10 has a 10.1-inch touchscreen with 1024×600 resolution and LED backlit panel. There’s a 16 GB SSD harddrive and microSD slot, 1.66Hz processor and 1 GB of memory. These upgraded stats will be important because the ViewPad 10 can dual-boot into Windows 7. That’s a nice feature to have, but buyers will have to sacrifice versions because the 10-inch model of ViewPad only runs Android 1.6. The device also supports video conferencing through a 1.3 megapixel camera and built-in microphone.
The cost for the ViewPad 10 is $629 and will go on sale in Q1 2011.