ViewSonic Offers Dual OS Intel Atom Processor-Based TabletBy Nathan Eddy | Print
The ViewPad 10pro makes it possible to have a dual OS experience within a single tablet.
ViewSonic announced its latest 10.1-inch Windows and Google Android dual OS tablet—the ViewPad 10pro, which is powered by the 1.5GHz Z670 Intel Atom processor. Designed specifically for tablets, this new CPU minimizes power consumption, while enabling smaller and thinner product designs.
Users of the ViewPad 10pro, which boasts a 1,024-by-600 capacitive multitouch panel, can employ full HD 1080p video playback, Internet browsing and enhanced battery life. The tablet is comes with 2GB of integrated memory.
"We listened to our customers. We made the ViewPad 10pro dual OS interface as quick and intuitive as possible, while partnering with industry CPU leader Intel to deliver the latest in design and innovation across all fronts," said Michael Holstein, vice president of business development at ViewSonic.
Tailored for business users, the ViewPad 10pro makes it possible to have a dual OS experience within a single tablet. Android 2.3 runs as an application on top of the Windows 7 operating system so users need to simply tap on the Android icon to make a switch between business productivity and entertainment. ViewPad 10pro also features built-in WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, an HDMI out for content sharing, a 1.3-megapixel built-in front camera and a high-capacity battery for up to 8 hours of battery life.
"The new Intel Atom processor-based tablet from ViewSonic is a cool and distinguished product that brings a personalized and flexible experience," said Bill Kircos, general manager of marketing for Intel's Netbook and Tablet Group. "Our Intel platform supports multiple operating systems, and this tablet shows how consumers can move between Windows and Android experiences in a way that offers rich graphics, high-definition audio, easy Internet browsing and longer battery life in a slick form factor."
Holstein said to ensure the ViewPad 10pro grows with each person's individual needs, the device offers expandable storage options via a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space.
The dual OS ViewPad 10pro is available in two configurations—with Windows 7 Professional (with a 32GB SSD hard drive) and Android 2.3 for an ESP of $699, or with Windows 7 Home Premium (with a 16GB SSD hard drive) and Android 2.3 for an ESP of $599. A custom docking station accessory is also available for an ESP of $59. Both tablet configurations will be widely available in late August, with limited numbers currently available, according to a company release.