New York - ViewSonic will enter the consumer and enterprise
tablet PC market next year with its ViewPad line.
The company will roll out the Android 2.2-based ViewPad 7 for
consumers late in the fourth quarter and follow it with the ViewPad 10 early in
the first quarter of 2011, said Adam Hanin, ViewSonic's marketing VP.
The $479 ViewPad 7 will feature a 7-inch display, 3.5G data
capability, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It comes with
Google mobile services pre-installed and two webcams, one for video chat and
the other for still images. There is 512MB of internal memory, expandable to
32GB via a micro SD card slot.
The ViewPad 7 is carrier agnostic and at this time the company
has no ties to any cellular carrier, a fact that Hanin believes will be a big
differentiator for the ViewPads.
The $679 ViewPad 10 is targeted specifically at the business user
and, to better support that market segment, is dual bootable, giving the user
the choice of using Windows 7 or Android 1.6, Hanin said.
The unit only has Wi-Fi capability. The decision to eschew 3G was
to give the user access to Windows 7, which could only be done by using an
Intel Atom processor, which is incapable of supporting cellular, Hanin said. To
add a cellular-capable processor would have increased the size of the device
and make it less appealing to business users, he added.
ViewSonic would not discuss distribution plans for either device.