ViewSonic has unveiled two new tablets at Computex in Taipei, a 7in Android tablet and a 10in tablet which uses Windows 7 Professional and Android.
First up is the ViewPad 7x, which was leaked earlier this month and has now been officially unveiled today by ViewSonic. The 7in tablet will be hoping to be the first of its size to ship with Android Honeycomb, which would be a major coup for the Californian company. It will ship with Android 3.0.1 and HSPA connectivity but for people on this side of the Atlantic this will make little difference. The 10-point multi-touch capacitive 7in display has an impressive resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels. Under the hood is an nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and a HDMI-port which will allow you to display video on larger screens. There are also front and rear-facing cameras included on the 7x. ViewSonic has not announced any pricing or release date for the 7x but have said it will go on sale alongside the less-than-impressive ViewPad 7.
On the larger side is the ViewPad 10Pro which will boot Windows 7 Professional based on the 1.5GHZ Intel Oak Trail Z760 processor – the first tablet to be based on this chip. As well as using Windows 7, through virtualisation, the 10Pro will be able to run Android 2.2 with users being able to switch easily between the two OSes without the need to turn off the tablet – unlike the previous ViewPad 10. This system basically turns Android into a Windows app. ViewSonic believes this will be able to allow users to use the less processor-intensive Android for things like web-browsing while being able to switch back to Windows 7 Professional for more business-orientated applications. The 10Pro has a 3G radio, 32GB of storage, expandable with microSD. No release date or pricing has been announced by ViewSonic yet.
ViewSonic, like most other manufacturers, are continuing to find their feet in the tablet market and the 7x certainly seems like a step in the right direction, coming as it will with Honeycomb. The 10Pro however still feels like it’s neither one thing or the other but ViewSonic seem to believe there is a market for dual OS tablets so we expect to see more of the same from them in the future.