ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 Video’ed

By on January 12, 2011
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A quick look at the upcoming ViewSonic tablets.

ViewSonic launched their ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 tablets at an event in Dubai yesterday and we were there to get a hands-on impression with these device. The ViewPad 7, as the name suggests, is a 7” tablet with an 800×480 capacitive screen. It has a 600MHz CPU, 512MB memory and features 16GB storage. Along with GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and BlueTooth 2.1, you also get a 3.5G HSDPA radio that allows you to make calls and access data. Rounding off, you have a front facing camera as well as well as one on the back.

We had Mr. Kai Wang, Product Manager at the ViewSonic event talk a bit more about the ViewPad 7.

I asked him why the ViewPad 7 has a low resolution of 800×480 compared to, lets say, the Galaxy Tab and he said that it was because that was the resolution found in most higher-end Android devices thus allowing you to run applications without any added scaling. Made sense. Priced at AED1,899 (US$515), the ViewPad 7 looks to be a good buy. Watch out for our review as soon as we get the unit which should hopefully be sometimes next week.

We also took a look at the ViewPad 10 which is more of a Windows tablet based on the Atom CPU and an Intel chipset. It has the added advantage of running the x86 version of Android in a dual boot mode which we were interested in checking out and hence the video.

Specs for the ViewPad 10 include 10.1” 1024×600 capacitive screen, the Atom N455 CPU, 1GB DDR3 RAM, a 16GB SSD as well a 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 for wireless connectivity. Sadly, 3G and GPS radios are missing but the price of AED 2,199 (US$600) gets you Windows 7 Home Premium Edition making it a decent buy as well.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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