“ViewSonic today planned out the US launches of its two tablets. The ViewPad 10 is both its most direct competitor to the iPad and also one of the more unique designs. It boots both Android 1.6 and Windows 7 and has netbook-like hardware, including a 10-inch screen, a 1.66GHz Atom, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage,” Electronista reports. “The design [carries] a 1.3-megapixel webcam for video chat and a microSDHC card for storage, both of which can be used in either OS. It ships the latest of the two tablets on show, arriving in early 2011 for a relatively steep $629.”
“Its ViewPad 7 is a more conventional design and scales back significantly compared to most of its challengers, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab,” Electronista reports. “The Android 2.2 slate has a seven-inch screen with the same 800×480 resolution as smaller smartphones but is counting on having both back (three-megapixel) and front (0.3-megapixel) cameras. Just 512MB of storage is onboard and leaves microSDHC to handle extra space, although the device has an unlocked 3G connection.”
Electronista reports, “The ViewPad 7’s cost cutting helps keep the price down to $479 for a launch due at the very end of this year.”
Read more in the full article, in which ViewSonic marketing VP Adam Hanin claims “Steve Jobs may be a little afraid of this [7-in tablet] category,” here.