It wasn’t a question of if, but when Viewsonic would debut a tablet computer. And that day was yesterday.
The company, which is primarily known for their computer monitors, released the deets on their 7-inch and 10-inch tablets. And while they share the same form factor the hardware and even the software in each respective model is different.
The 7-inch Viewpad, affectionately known as the Viewpad 7 is an Android device with WiFi, Bluetooth and 3.5G connectivity. The screen has a 800×480 resolution, which are complimented by two cameras (.3 megapixel on the front and a 3 megapixel on the back). The is 512MB of built-in storage is expandable up to 32GB via the microSD card slot and the battery if good for a solid 10 hours, though were guessing it’s less in real world tests. 10 hours? That’s on par with some laptops and can only be far less when the 3G is burning up the airwaves. Viewsonic says that the Viewpad 7 will be available this quarter for $479.
The Viewpad 10 has a 10.1-inch screen and – get this – dual boot capabilities, which means it can run the Android OS or boot into Windows 7 Prem if you’re looking for a full fledged computing experience. Under the hood is Intel’s Atom processor running at 1.66Ghz – we don’t know which one – 16GB of SSD storage and 1GB of RAM. Unlike its smaller brethren there is just one 1.3 megapixel camera with a microphone, so you can pretty much sum it up to webcam chatting. This model sports WiFi only and due to its larger, higher resolution LED screen (1024×600) we can only assume that its battery life is slightly less. The Viewpad should hit store shelves by Q1 of next year and retail for $629.
It’s worth pointing out that these may get picked up by a carrier, and while the Viewpad 10 won’t get subsidized due to it lacking a 3G connectivity, we may well see a subsidized Viewpad 7 after signing a contract.