ViewSonic has revealed another tablet in its ViewPad range, a full-size 9.7 inch Android slate which is set to be targeted at the budget conscious.
ViewSonic claims that the 4:3 ratio 9.7 inch screen provides a “superior display experience” despite its thrifty nature, with an IPS panel for better viewing angles and colour reproduction.
The ViewPad 10e is also 9.1mm thin and weighs 620 grams, so is certainly portable, and pretty much the same weight and thickness as the iPad.
A 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor is on board, with 4GB of memory (expandable by 32GB via microSD). It has wi-fi, bluetooth and an HDMI output to shunt 720p footage out to your HDTV or computer.
On the software side, it runs Gingerbread rather than Honeycomb, disappointingly, but also has Amazon Kindle pre-installed for your e-book needs, and a Marketplace application which allows access to “thousands of additional apps and games”.
A customisable 3D style interface is promised, with sixteen customisable panels, 3D widgets and intelligent interactive grouping.
The ViewPad 10e is out in November with pricing yet to be revealed, but it’s expected to land around the £250 mark. The slate will, of course, have the Kindle Fire as a rival, and it cuts similar corners to that budget Android effort, with low memory and no camera.
However, the quality display and full 10 inch form factor definitely sound promising, we’ll just have to see exactly where the price is pitched next month. 2012 looks set to be the year of budget tablet options for those who don’t want an iPad 3.