ViewSonic Launches Android, Windows-Based TabletsBy Nathan Eddy | Print
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The ViewPad 10pi, running Windows 7 Professional, features dual cameras for business video conferencing with a IPS display panel.
Computer maker ViewSonic announced a line of 10-inch tablets, the ViewPad 10e and ViewPad 10pi and a smartphone, the ViewPhone 3, a dual-SIM phone that allows users to separate work and personal calls across networks, including GSM, Enhanced Data for Global Evolution (EDGE) and High-Speed Digital Packet Access (HSDPA). The company’s ViewPad tablet line also consists of the ViewPad 7e and the ViewPad 10pro. The ViewPhone 3 is the company’s first dual-SIM smartphone for the Latin American region.
The ViewPad 10pi, running Windows 7 Professional, features dual cameras for business video conferencing with an IPS 1,280x800 display panel. The tablet’s ViewScene user interface is powered by Thinix Touch to provide users with an easy-to-touch Web-browsing experience. A dual-OS device, the ViewPad 10pi is powered by Intel’s Oak Trail z670 processor and can run Android 2.3 in addition to the Windows OS. The ViewPad 10pi has an estimated price of $849 and will be available late January 2012 in North America.
Designed with ViewSonic’s power-efficient model, the ViewPad 10e delivers more than 200 hours of standby life and measures just 9.1mm with a 10-inch enhanced, multi-viewing IPS display. The device also includes many Android applications, such as the Amazon Kindle Reader and Amazon App Store for Android, and the 1Mobile market, which provides access to thousands of other free apps and games. Running Android 2.3 and a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, the ViewPad 10e also includes the ViewScene 3D customized interface to bring a 3D-like experience to consumers. The ViewPad 10e has an estimated price of $299 and will be available late January 2012 in North America and Latin America.
With a 3.5-inch capacitive touch display, the ViewPhone 3 is the first ViewSonic phone to arrive in Latin America. ViewSonic aims to address the market demand for multiple subscriptions by enabling users to select the carrier and plan that best fits their individual use case. The phone is powered by an ARM 800MHz processor and the Android 2.3 operating system, has an estimated price of $279 and will be available late in the first quarter of 2012, the company said.
"2011 was a strong year for our mobile product family, as we debuted new tablets to fit various budgets and audiences," said Jeff Volpe, president for ViewSonic Americas. "We’re hitting the New Year strong with the introduction of new tablet innovations and our first Latin America smartphone."