Nov 01 AT 3:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 9 Comments

Viewsonic announces two Android tablets, Viewpad 7 and Viewpad 10

Today Viewsonic announced its Viewpad line of Android-based tablets, including the Viewpad 7 and Viewpad 10. Neither device is that exciting nor would I recommend them to any of our readers, but it’s nice to see Viewsonic trying to get in the game.

The Viewpad 7 is a 7-inch Android 2.2 tablet ┬áthat will retail for $479 and is expected to go on sale in late Q4 2010. I went hands-on with the Viewpad 7 a couple months ago and overall was not that impressed. It was nice to see Viewsonic include all the Google Mobile services, but the 600 MHz ARM11 processor is a little slow compared to other tablet offerings. This device will also not support Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1 because it lacks the processor power and I think there are better tablet options available like the upcoming Galaxy Tab.

Next we have the Viewpad 10, which is a dual-boot 10-inch tablet running Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 1.6. This device will be available in Q1 2011 for around the price of $629. It features a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor, 1 GB or memory, 16 GB SSD hard drive, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. I would also avoid this device since it uses Android 1.6 and the 10-inch LED display only runs at a resolution of 1024 x 600.

Mabye after Google releases the tablet version of Android (Honeycomb), we will see Viewsonic make a return with some better offerings.

Source: Marketwire

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  • http://Website Sameer Wahab

    Whatever happened with Google’s Chrome OS? Why Android Honeycomb instead of Chrome OS?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Chrome OS is for netbooks and workstations. Honeycomb is the version of Android meant for mobile, touch devices including tablets.

  • http://Website zeeshan

    ehhh looks lame and blahh-ish

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    Wow. ARM11 should not be still in use in a world that has Cortex-A8 for over a year.

    An ARM11 running at 600MHz is equivalent to a Cortex-A8 like the one in [pick any current smartphone not running a Snapdragon] running at 430 MHz. That’s pretty sad.

    I’d really like to know what the real cost differences are between running ARM v6 architecture vs running ARM v7. It can’t be worth practically crippling a tablet’s hardware over.

  • deltaslight

    Dual boot of Windows 7 and Android 1.6?!?!? Hmm, really? Galaxy Tab please!

  • http://Website matt

    why should someone fork over almost 500 bucks when they can get the far supierior galaxy tab?

  • Mike

    Phew – for a second there I thought “Great! I’ve had my Galaxy Tab for a week and already it’s been superseded!” Doesn’t look that now. Why would they put Android 1.6 on that?

    10″ is too big IMHO. The 7″ galaxy tab is actually portable. Fits in my pants side pocket or inside jacket pocket.

  • http://Website grog

    There’s no need of the galaxy tab as alternative…for 300$ the Archos 101 is just landed on the market and have a better hardware with android 2.1 and soon there will be an update with 2.2 and flash.

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