Walnut, Calif. -
has begun limited shipments of its next-generation dual-OS tablet, which uses both the Windows 7 and Android 2.3 operating systems.
The new model, the 10.1-inch ViewPad10pro, is one of the first tablets to use Intel's 1.5GHz Atom processor Z670 (Oak Trail) designed specifically for tablets to minimize power consumption and enable smaller and thinner product designs. It's designed for business users.
The ViewPad 10pro, which will replace the ViewPad 10, also offers more intuitive user interface than the ViewPad 10, which uses Android 2.2 and Windows 7, the company said.
Android 2.3 runs as an application on top of Windows 7, enabling users to tab on the Android icon to switch operating systems.
The new model, which will ship in higher quantities late this month, is available in two configurations. One features Windows 7 Professional, Android 2.3 and a 32GB solid-state hard drive at an estimated everyday price of $699. The version with Windows 7 Home Premium, Android 2.3, and a 16GB solid-state hard drive retails for an everyday $599. A custom docking station accessory is $59.
Both models have 2GB of embedded flash memory and an integrated MicroSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage. They also feature 1,024 by 600 capacitive multitouch panel, 1080p video storage, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, an HDMI out for content sharing and a 1.3-megapixel built-in front-facing camera for video chats.