Aug 31 AT 9:44 AM Nick Gray 6 Comments

ViewSonic makes the Android 2.2 powered ViewPad 7 official

The Android tablet market is about to get a lot more interesting.  IFA is set to kick off this week and it looks like ViewSonic wants to grab a little extra attention with a pre-show press release of their new ViewPad 7.  From what we can tell, ViewSonic’s ViewPad7 is simply a rebranded OlivePad, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  The ViewPad 7 will ship with Android 2.2, front and back facing cameras, full phone and 3G data functionality, Bluetooth, sms/mms support, and VOIP. 

ViewSonic didn’t include much else in their press release, but we do know that the OlivePad does feature a 600MHz ARM CPU,  512MB of internal memory, 800 x 480 resolution capacitive touchscreen, Android Market and other Google Apps. 

Review units for the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 are expected to start shipping out in early October, so we shouldn’t be surprised if the Android tablet starts showing up at retail just in time for the holiday season.  Exact pricing is not being released, but the press release mentions that the ViewPad  7 should not exceed £350 ($538 USD)

Show Press Release

31st August 2010 — ViewSonic Europe ushers in a new product category to its portfolio with the introduction of a premium capacitive multi-touch screen 7″ tablet.

Viewpad 7

The ViewPad 7 is a world’s first 7″ Android 2.2 (Froyo) tablet with phone functionality, multi-tasking capabilities and front and back-facing cameras, VGA and 3MP, resolutions respectively.

Within a lightweight, pocket-sized design, this device is ideal for anyone who needs a mobile connection to the world via email and video and wants to enjoy a wide-range of applications.

With full 3G and phone functionality, a full size SIM card slot and integrated Bluetooth connectivity the ViewPad 7 will support instant messaging, text/mms messaging, VOIP and standard voice calls all in a single device.

It features an easy to use familiar interface with a G-sensor that reorients the screen depending on how the device is held and access to the Google Android app store featuring over 100,000 applications.

Additional features includes a Micro SD slot for up to 32GB of storage; Wi-Fi and 3G functionality for web browsing and USB connectivity. It also boasts advanced features including Assisted GPS and an office document reader, along with the capability for hand-written note taking. There is also an e-book reader, when combined with the crystal clear LED screen, makes the ViewPad 7 an invaluable travelling companion.

Superior to other tablet offerings with resistive touch technology the ViewPad 7 incorporates a capacitive multi-touch screen and is a portable, easy-to-use and competitively priced device that will transform the way that consumers read, watch, listen to and interact with media in a mobile environment.

“We are proud to announce another world first at Viewsonic. 3G phone functionality combined with dual cameras gives the ability for use of Android apps to use augmented reality or video calling on the move with the benefit of an excellent 7″ screen” says Derek Wright, European Product Marketing Manager. “The ViewPad 7 is aimed at users who require the ‘always on’ connectivity they are used to from a mobile phone with a more agreeable screen size for longer term use.”

ViewSonic will be showing the ViewPad 7 at its stand at IFA 2010, in Berlin, Hall 14.1 stand 107.

For details on the Viewpad 7 please visit http://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/.

Pricing and availability

The Viewpad 7 will be available from approved resellers. Pricing will be subject to the supplier’s method of sale, but is anticipated that the estimated SRP will be no more than £350 Inc Vat.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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