Jan 07 AT 4:42 PM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

ViewSonic to target value seeker with new ViewPhone


After failing to produce a compelling Android tablet, ViewSonic will now try their hand at producing low-end Android phones. Elizabeth Woyke of Forbes reports that ViewSonic will unveil the ViewPhone 3 at CES next week. This budget Android phone is aimed at the emerging Latin American markets, but ViewSonic will also sell an unlocked model in the US that will operate on AT&T and T-Mobile.

Highlights of the ViewPhone 3 include Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.5-inch display, 5 megapixel camera, 800 MHz Qualcomm processor, 512 MB of RAM, and dual SIM card slots. ViewSonic plans to sell the phone directly to consumers through its website for around $250.

On paper the ViewPhone 3 doesn’t sound that exciting, but we will wait ’til we get our hands on it to pass judgment. We don’t often see two SIM card slots on low-end smartphones, but that’s not exactly something the value seeker consumer will take advantage of.

What do you think of ViewSonic’s first Android phone?

Source: Forbes

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  • stenzor

    Funny how just a couple years ago this would have been considered a high-end phone

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yeah this would have been impressive back in 2008!

    • nosense

      Same aplies to the 4$ crap…

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  • Larry Bank

    This phone really doesn’t need to exist. Nothing to differentiate it from other low end phones. A T-Mobile MyTouch 3G (HTC Magic) is a very similar phone and can be gotten cheap. What would be bold would be to make an Android flip phone, or something that the market would find new/different.

  • itzxdjx

    Yeah i would have loved it if they added a front facing camera! Not a bad back up phone if anything ever goes wrong.

  • Geovany Ramirez

    A two SIM card slots phone will be very valuable in Latin American markets where calling someone in a different carrier is very expensive, so you can have two lines from different carriers to get the best deal.

  • Ironzey Lewis

    The big feature, 30 degree viewing angle. Progress is sweet isn’t it.

  • http://photoep.com/ Elliot Powell

    It could be just like a GTablet a rebranded Chinese phone from Malata. The Gtablet is awesome spec wise but it’s performance is horrible.

  • projectGZ

    Two sim card option would be great for those who travel between two countries a lot. But i would like to see it cheaper before buy it for my kids or something.

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  • sylar

    Well the two sims might be handy but other than that this phone is borderline on the junk category.

  • droilfade

    One more option for mom’s birthday! My S2 intimidates her!

  • danielmkim

    Um, i’ll pass

  • spazby


  • fatspirit

    It looks like Wildfire S class (and maybe not – not to much specs are provided) and its buttons looks like ICS ones. And it’s true that only actual usage will tell: will it worth the price asked or not.

  • albert

    viewsonic should first start talking to their customers properly before releasing products. I was one of those unfortunate customers who bought their viewpad dual os…….such a worhless product and viewsonic did not evenbother to answer my emails regarding product support

  • http://www.jimtravis.com jimtravis

    As others have stated, have to try it before thumbs up / down rating it. Specs are too low for my needs, but also realize many users don’t need the latest / greatest / highest spec’d device to meet their mobile needs. Have owned several Viewsonic products, mostly as secondary devices, but all the products worked fine, and were a good value for the money.

    • Julian

      As a latin american, I can tell what people want:

      A regular-sized screen size, but doesn’t need to have a good resolution (HVGA is OK, QVGA is considered low end). It must appear expensive, but can’t be so. It may even look like more expensive phones in its class (like the Galaxy Ace -> Galaxy S). A dual SIM phone is a ticket to sucess (there is huge demand without supply, only cheap dumbphones or horrible chinese Androids available), since people here commonly have two different operators with different price plans (calls are cheap inside operators, very expensive between each other).

      I mean, it’s not too difficult to sell in a Market. The first step is to know it.

  • CTown

    Dealextreme.com has a boatload of these cheap Android phones with dual-SIM cards. Unfortunalty, the orgin of these devices are shrouded in mystery, as there is no info on who made these devices whatsoever!

  • Hall Lo

    It’s a good lower-end phone for its price!