Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Viewsonic's $600 Dual-Boot ViewPad 10 Now Available

Viewsonic has announced the immediate North American availability of the new 10.1" dual-boot ViewPad 10. Giving users a choice between Windows 7 and Google Android within the same device.

The ViewPad 10 features an Intel Atom Pine Trail N455 1.66GHz processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory and either Windows 7 Home Premium with a 16GB SSD hard drive or Windows 7 Professional with a 32GB SSD hard drive. The device offers expandable memory options via a micro SD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space. Sadly the only option for Google Android is version 1.6, its not clear if an update is available or not.

The 10.1" screen features a resolution of 1024x600 with LED backlight technology partnered with capacitive multi-touch functionality. Additional features include built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and 1.3 megapixel built-in front camera. The two models are listed at $599 and $679 respectively.

Unfortunately the specifications of the ViewPad are fairly weak when compared to the new Motorola Xoom, iPad 2 and even the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The lack of an updated version of Google Android is also a marked setback for the device however the inclusion of Windows 7 is nice.

At the $600-700 price point I don't see this being a big winner for Viewsonic and would hardly call it a major competitor in the market. But for some users that are wanting a full featured OS like Windows 7 its a nice option at a reasonable price.

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