ViewSonic Announces Two Upcoming iPad Rivals

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ViewSonic has announced details for two upcoming tablet devices it plans to release in the next few months. The ViewPad 7 has a 7-inch screen and runs Android 2.2, while the ViewPad 10 will have 10-inch screen and will dual boot Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Home Premium.

Here are the full specs for each, from ViewSonic’s press release:

ViewPad 7 — The Android 2.2 ViewPad 7 combines a powerful processor with 3.5G capable data technology in a lightweight, pocket-sized 7″ form factor. With an 800×480 WVGA LCD screen, this device is one of the only 7″ tablet solutions with Android Google Mobile Services (GMS). As a result, consumers can connect to a selection of more than 100,000 apps and games along with Gmail, YouTube and more for a superior and convenient entertainment solution that fits today’s mobile lifestyle.

With its wireless 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® connectivity the ViewPad 7 supports instant messaging, VoIP, and all the web browsing and USB connectivity functions of a capacitive multi-touch device. The ViewPad 7 features 2 built-in cameras: a 3-megapixel, auto focus camera in the rear and a 0.3 megapixel camera in the front. In addition to the integrated 512MB of memory, the ViewPad 7 offers up to an additional 32GB of storage capacity via the micro SD card slot, along with battery life of up to 10 hours. The result is the ultimate device for connected fun and multitasking — in a compact size easier to carry than a netbook and with better media performance than a smartphone.

The ViewPad 7 will be available in late Q4 2010 for an ESP of $479. Third-party accessories and ViewCare™ extended warranties will also be available at launch.

ViewPad 10 — Innovative and productive, this 10.1″ dual-boot Wi-Fi device gives users a choice between Windows® 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6 within the same device. With a high performance, high speed Intel® Atom™ 1.66GHz processor, integrated 1GB of memory, 16GB SSD hard drive and expandable micro SD slot, the ViewPad 10 is ideally designed to view Flash-based content and Office programs with Windows, and for an optimized mobile entertainment experience with Android. Additionally, the 1024×600 LED backlit panel includes a G-sensor and capacitive multi-touch for intuitive navigation across multiple applications. Teamed with a 1.3-megapixel webcam with built-in microphone, the ViewPad 10 is great for videoconferencing as well.

The ViewPad 10 with dual-boot OS will be available in Q1 2011 for an ESP of $629. Third-party accessories and ViewCare™ extended warranties will be available at launch.

A few points that stood out for me:

— The 10-inch model has a full 1GB of RAM and even the 7-incher has 512MB, which is still double the current iPad. Both are pretty meager on built-in storage memory though, with the 10 inch model only offering 16GB (with a MicroSD slot for further expansion).

— As far as I can tell, they are both WiFi only models – so a $629 price tag for the larger model does not seem very competitive with the iPad – where the same money would get you a 16GB WiFi + 3G model.

— I think the biggest question mark about these, and other early iPad rivals, is how good or bad their OS and user experience is going to be. I’ve seen reports that suggest that even Google has said that current versions of Android are not ideal for use on tablets, and I honestly can’t imagine any current version of Windows being any good on a tablet.

— They’re both still a ways away. The smaller model is promised by the end of the year, and the larger one in the first quarter of next year. These first few iPad rivals we’re hearing about in the last portion of 2010 seem to be playing the classic ‘catch up with Apple’s last generation’ game. By the time most of them hit the market, the iPad 2 will either be released or coming very soon, and likely setting new standards for the others to chase after.

News via: BGR

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