ViewPad 7 tablet further info announced

Darren Allan

September 1, 2010

ViewSonic has released more details about its compact tablet ahead of the IFA show in Berlin this week.

The ViewPad 7 will, of course, come with a 7 inch display, and it’s an Android 2.2 affair with full phone functionality. In other words, it’s a bit like the Dell Streak in that it’s a hybrid of smartphone and tablet, but with a bigger screen (the Streak is a 5 incher) ViewSonic’s device is definitely more on the slate side.

ViewSonic is selling the phone side of things, however, noting that the device is lightweight and apparently has a “pocket-sized design”. It will support voice calls and text (with a slot for your sim card, of course), along with instant messaging and VoIP, with both wi-fi and 3G supported.

Other specs include a 3 megapixel camera, a front facing VGA camera for video-conferencing, bluetooth, and a microSD slot. The price has also been revealed, and this little lot will set you back £350.

So, are you tempted? While the Streak can pretend to be a big smartphone with a 5 inch screen, will the 7 inch ViewPad fall cleanly between two stools, being neither tablet nor phone in a proper sense?

ViewSonic is also producing a full-on 10 inch tablet, although all that’s known at this stage is that this will be a dual boot Android and Windows device.


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