ViewSonic to debut Android / Windows 7 dual-boot tablet at IFA 2010


Android tablets are quickly picking up steam this year, and ViewSonic is getting in on the action. ViewSonic is said to debut two Android-based tablet PCs at the IFA 2010 conference next month. Android tablets should be plentiful at the show, but will there be any good ones out there? Maybe.

One of the ViewSonic tablets is said to have a 7 inch display, both WiFi and 3G connectivity on board, as well as a USB port(s?), MicroSD card slot, GPS, and front and back cameras in tow. The specs look fairly standard for an Android tablet these days, and we’re wondering if the company has plans to make the thing actually stand out in any way.

With so many tablets sporting almost virtually the same specifications, what makes one better than another? Just take a look at our top five most anticipated tablets, all of which have something that makes them stand out in the crowd. Does ViewSonic do this? Well, we don’t know at the moment, but we sure intend to find out at IFA 2010. For all we know they could have an awesome custom UI on their tablets.

ViewSonic must have thought this through to at least some extent, as the 7 inch tablet isn’t the showstopper. The company will also introduce a 10 inch tablet that dual boots with Windows 7, which already makes the thing stand-out in the crowd. The 10 inch version is also said to come with an Intel processor, and I’d expect every specification that will adorn the 7 inch version will be present on the larger version as well.  The 7 inch ViewSonic tablet will likely stay rather affordable, but we’re not sure what sort of price range the 10 incher will fall in. Another 7 inch tablet to add to the stack.

Is Windows 7 a good thing to put on a tablet? The option is nice to have, but even with Windows 7 claiming to be more touch-friendly, my HP TouchSmart TM2 begs to differ. Windows 7 is just not a good OS for touch-only operations. You can customize the  look and feel of the OS to make it easier to navigate, like making the icons larger, and adding browser extensions to make your web browser act more like a smartphone. But all of those tweaks tend to affect system performance, which may not appeal to some of you potential tablet users out there. Stick to booting in Android if you think you may fall into that category.

What are your thoughts on the W7/Android dual-boot tablet?

[Via: MacWorld]

  • trentreviso

    I’m not sure I understand the point to adding Windows 7 to Android in a dual boot on a tablet.

    Win 7 is a resource hog which interface is not designed for the tablet form factor. Users will quickly appreciate that Android is a more functional choice for these devices, and will soon stop booting Win 7.

    Why pay for a Windows license that few people will ever use?

    • AP

      Alternatively, it would be nice if there were tablets that were capable of running Windows 7 with some instructions provided on how to set it up as a dual boot. Leave it to the user to either order the tablet with dual boot option, or let them purchase their own license on it and implement it later. Would keep the base prices low.

  • cmsturg

    I would think that having Win7 will make it easier to connect to your existing network. I could foresee using it to connect to the media server I have for viewing recorded shows and movies. Probably not a function that everyone would use, but something i would find handy.

    • Apoutside-intomobile

      Pretty much the reason I’d use it. Have a SmartCard reader that I need to log into specific websites with, and there doesn’t seem to any drivers for it on the Android platform.

  • AP

    On my laptop, I’ve disabled a number of services that I don’t use. If this is an option with Win7, I could probably work around the resource hog issues.

    There are few things I would need Windows for, so a dual boot tablet would be useful to me. Just hope Honeycomb grows up fast enough that it would be available for a dual boot application.

  • I hope the Android Tablet will be a good alternative to the iPad because it is so expensive for a small entertainment device. The competition can push the price down.

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