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.