Does anyone know someone who just goes out of their way to help everyone? Making sure everyone’s drinks are topped up at a party (even when it’s not their party) or ensuring all others get a ride on the roller coaster before them, only to end up not getting a go at all?
Well it seem as if ViewSonic is the equivalent in the technology world as it has just announced a pair of devices which have as broad appeal as possible. A dual-SIM phone to allow jetsetters to make use of different plans in different countries and a dual-boot tablet for those of us who just can’t decide whether we want the functionality of Windows or the fun of Android were announced today ahead of going on show at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
First we will look at the V350 smartphone (above) which as we said is a dual-SIM beast with a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), houses a 5 megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 and A-GPS for good measure. The dual-SIM feature is sure to appeal to many commuters who are constantly fearing their mobile phone bill coming through the door every month, especially when it arrives in two envelopes due to excessive data roaming charges.
Next up is the dual-boot tablet, the ViewPad 10Pro. This latest ViewPad model, follows on from the ViewPad 10 launched last October and the 10S we saw at CES last month. We actually managed to get our hands on the 10Pro briefly at CES too and it looked a hell of a lot nicer than the 10S which left us a little cold. The 10Pro is a 10in device which will boot both Android 2.2 or Windows 7 Professional, which ever you are in the mood for. The 10Pro has a 1024 x 600 LED-backlit capacitive multitouch screen, inbuilt 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and reported battery life of six hours – all powered by Intel’s Oak Trail platform.
No pricing or release dates have been annoucned yet by ViewSonic but we should know more after Mobile World Congress.