HTC unveiled it’s 7in Flyer tablet at Mobile World Congress earlier this year and while it won’t be shipping with Honeycomb straight away it looked as if it would be the first 7incher running the tablet-specific OS.
However, according the Pocket-lint, ViewSonic is planning to beat it to the punch by announcing the ViewPad 7x later this month, which will run Honeycomb. The company is planning to announce the 7in tablet at the Computex trade show in Taipei which begins on 31 May. HTC’s Flyer currently uses Android 2.3.3 but the company said at the launch in Barcelona that it would be updating to Honeycomb soon after launch. The ViewPad 7x will be released to sit alongside the ViewPad 7, which runs Android 2.2, rather than replacing it.
Details of the new ViewPad are thin on the ground at the moment, but it is reportedly powered by an nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor with front and back cameras, DLNA and HDMI support as well as HSPA . The ViewPad 7x will weigh in at 380g and sport a colourful design on the rear. The tablet is expected to arrive in-store next month which will put it up to HTC to get the Honeycomb update rolled-out to Flyer users. We have no idea on price or whether the ViewPad will run Honeycomb 3.0 or the newly-announced 3.1.
We’ll be keeping an eye on the ViewPad 7x if and when it is launched, as it looks to be a viable 7in alternative to the HTC Flyer and indeed the BlackBerry PlayBook.