ViewSonic has unveiled the ViewPad 10pro, a WiFi tablet with a 10.1-inch touch screen that runs Microsoft Windows 7 with Google’s Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” on top of it, providing something of a gimmicky new slate.
Gingerbread runs as an application in Windows 7, using application virtualisation technology from Bluestacks. Users can tap an Android icon to switch between the business end of Windows or the entertainment side of Android. Bluestacks demonstrates how its technology works in this video.
This Atom chip, created specifically for tablets, minimises power consumption.
Unlike the Tab 10.1 and Iconia, which feature crisp 1280-by-800 resolution displays, the ViewPad 10pro employs a 1024-by-600 screen. This disparity spurred GigaOM’s Kevin Tofel to criticise ViewSonic for skimping on the all-too-important screen clarity. It also uses a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera, provides HD 1080p video playback, and 2GB of integrated memory. The device includes a USB port, mini HDMI, and microSD card slot expandable to 32GB.
The tablet is also super heavy – 1.97 pounds, which will not sit well for many users looking for something closer to the 1.2 pounds offered by the Tab 10.1 or iPad 2.
The ViewPad pro10 comes in two flavours. Consumers may purchase a 16GB model running Windows 7 Home Professional for $599. ViewSonic will charge $699 for a 32GBB model running Windows 7 Professional.
In a quirky departure from the usual available now, or at a later date method of product launches, ViewSonic said “both tablet configurations will be widely available in late August, with limited numbers currently available.” In other words, get them while they are available from ViewSonic and its retail partners.
This is not the first dual OS machine ViewSonic has marketed. The company launched the ViewPad 10 running Windows Home 7 Premium and Android 2.2 “Froyo” earlier this year.