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 that 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.