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ViewSonic Launches Next Dual-Boot Tablet

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.