This is actually very cool is spite of the fact that it is booting to Android 1.6 as one of the OS’s you have to choose from. The other of course being Windows 7. Why in the world ViewSonic would want to relive the nightmarish Hell Dell went through putting 1.6 on the Streak? No Flash, no screen rotation, some apps won’t play on it (Angry Birds). Here are some specs:
- Dual Boots Google Android 1.6 and Windows 7
- 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 0.1" LCD Capacitive multi-touch screen with LED backlight
- MEMORY: Flash-16GB SSD SATA & SDRAM: DDR3 1GB SDRAM, 667MHz
- 10.8" x 6.7" x 0.57" (WxHxD) (275mm x 170mm x 16.5mm)
- Processor: Intel Pine Trail N455 1.66GHz
- Battery 3200 mAh
Once you get past the Android 1.6 bombshell everything else looks pretty good with the exception of the 3200 mAh battery. That just isn’t going to cut the mustard and advertising a 4 hour life span isn’t helping the cause much either. ViewSonic should have added some more milliamps to to keep the ViewPad from flat lining for at least a little while longer.
Got some press release goodness for you next and as always we welcome your comments.
ViewSonic ViewPad 10 product page
ViewSonic Delivers the Best of Both Worlds With Immediate Availability of Its ViewPad® 10 Tablet
10.1″ Dual-Boot Tablet Brings to Customers a New Level of Convenience
WALNUT, CA–(Marketwire – March 7, 2011) – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced North American availability of the ViewPad 10. Giving users a choice between Windows® 7 and Google Android™ within the same device, this 10.1″ dual-boot tablet is ideal for maximizing business productivity alongside entertainment.
“The lines of professional and personal life are blurring, which creates a need for devices that are suited for both sides,” said Adam Hanin, vice president of marketing for ViewSonic Americas. “The ViewPad 10 delivers just that by enabling users to merge business productivity with personal enjoyment anywhere, anytime. We are proud of our 10-year tablet history and are dedicated to further extending our tablet product portfolio to meet every individual need.”
Packed with a high speed Intel® Atom™ 1.66GHz processor and integrated 2GB of memory, the ViewPad 10 is a powerhouse of mobile computing. Built with a 1024×600 panel with LED backlight technology partnered with capacitive multi-touch functionality, the device provides a crystal clear viewing experience, even when multitasking across several applications.
The ViewPad 10 enables consumers to take Windows on the road, allowing access to Flash-based content and programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat, wherever they are. Plus social media applications like Facebook and Twitter, sharing photos and surfing the Web through Google’s Android 1.6 platform are only a switch away, making this device the perfect companion for those looking to work, play and share on the go. Throw in the built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and 1.3 megapixel built-in front camera, the ViewPad 10 is fully optimized to keep users connected.
To ensure the ViewPad 10 grows with each person’s individual needs, the device offers expandable memory options via a micro SD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space. The dual-boot ViewPad 10 is now available — with Android 1.6 and either Windows 7 Home Premium (with a 16GB SSD hard drive) or Windows 7 Professional (with a 32GB SSD hard drive) for respective ESPs of $599 and $679.