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ViewSonic to Offer Trade-In Scheme for Tablets, Reveals 3D Camcorder

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ViewSonic has said that it will offer a trade-in scheme for its forthcoming Android tablets. Customers who purchase either its 7in or 10in ViewPads can trade-in an old laptop or netbook to get up to £125 off the price. The tablets will have to be purchased at a nominated retailer, for example Scan, Misco or Xpansys.

The ViewPad 10 will go on sale for £499, so that’s an attractive £374 after the rebate. The ViewPad 7 will retail at £399 and has a £100 cash-back offer; making the post rebate £299 is a lot more favourable than the Galaxy Tab’s £529.

The unique feature of the Viewpads is that they will dual boot between Windows 7 and Android, though the latter is only version 1.6, which is old, and rules out Flash support.

The ViewPad 10, has 10in display, and is powered by an Intel 1.66GHz N455 Atom processor and has 1GB of DDR3 RAM. It contains 16GB of flash storage, a 3G SIM card slot, GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a 3-megapixel camera.

The ViewPad 7 features a 7in display, though the resolution is limited to 800 x 480, which is a downer.

In other ViewSonic news, the company has also revealed the ViewSonic 3DV5, a 3D camcorder that costs £150. It looks very much like the Aiptek 3D i2, which we reviewed back in August, so not entirely new. However, with a lower price and the backing of a more familiar brand, you might feel more inclined to pick one up.

The camcorder has a 2.4in display and can switch between 2D and 3D. Content can be viewed on a 3DTV via HDMI, or on a regular monitor in anaglyph mode. 3D videos can be can quickly be uploaded to YouTube in 3D too. It's no Panasonic SDT750, but it seems like fun.

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