The tablet wars are in full swing and ViewSonic has introduced a pair of Android-based tablets to take on the Apple iPad and slew of other tablets coming out.
The company will soon bring out the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 and, as the name implies, these will have a 7-inch or 10-inch screen. Unlike some Android tablets we’re seeing (hi, Nook Color), the ViewSonic devices will be full Google Mobile Services tablets, which means it can access the more than 100,000 apps in the Android market.
The 7-inch device will come with WiFi, Bluetooth, USB port, a 3-megapixel auto-focus camera in the rear and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. ViewSonic said there will be 512 MB of memory, as well as 32 GB of storage via a microSD slot.
“Leveraging our 20-year display heritage, these new ViewPad solutions provide users with anytime anywhere connectivity,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager for ViewSonic Americas, in a prepared statement. “With access to the universe of Android apps, our new ViewPads are perfectly suited for enjoying digital entertainment and social media. Office productivity is also a snap with robust web browsing functionality.”
The 10-inch version will be a dual-boot device that can run Windows 7 Home Premium or Android 1.6. It sports a 1.66 GHz processor, 1 GB of memory, 16 GB SSD hard drive and a 1.3-megapixel webcam with built-in microphone.
The 7-inch version is expected to retail for $479 in the fourth quarter and the 10-inch device will hit in early 2011 for about $629.
We’ve had a chance to play with the 7-inch version a few months ago and we thought it was an excellent experience. Is it enough to overcome the Apple iPad or even the Samsung Galaxy Tab?
Well, it may be a little too soon to say that, as the iPad and Tab will be higher-profile devices which out-spec the 7-inch version. Still, check out the video below with an open mind.