As predicted last month, ViewSonic has unveiled a 10in tablet at IFA today equipped with both Android and Windows 7.
Dubbed the ViewPad 100, the device dual-boots between Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 1.6.
The thinking behind the dual boot approach is clearly to provide corporate appeal through compatibility with Microsoft applications, such as Office, and for users to switch to Android when the tie wearing part of their life is done for the day. While Android 1.6 doesn’t support Flash, Windows 7 does and also provides USB connectivity and VGA out.
The ViewPad 100 is powered by an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz processor with 1GB DDR3 RAM and storage comes from a 16GB SSD. A microSD slot adds potential for another 32GB of expansion, and there’s A-GPS and a 1.3 webcam – catering for mobile mapping and video calling over Wi-Fi.
It sounds capable and powerful, but we’d have our concerns over battery life compared to more focused devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Speaking of which, Viewsonic is offering a direct rival in the form of the ViewPad 7. We’re not sure why the 7 is necessary to have in the model name, but it refers to its 7in capacitance, multi-touch and LED backlight equipped display.
It only runs Android, and version 2.2 at that, and is also a fully-fledged phone too with a full-size 3G SIM slot – so it’s taking on the Dell Streak too.
All the usual features apply, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 32GB capable microSD card slot, A-GPS and there are cameras front and rear.
The ViewPad 100 will be available from October for €549, while the ViewPad 7 will list at €399.
So a fence-sitter and a me-too tablet, or two genuine contenders? We shall have to wait and see.