If you are keen on an Android tablet rather than the iPad, you may have been following the ViewSonic ViewPad 10 with interest. The tablet landed a while back and in October, we spent a bit of hands on time with the thing and liked it well enough even if Android 1.6 was not what we really wanted to see on the tablet.
Mintpass still hasn't got around to delivering the 7-inch Android tablet they talked about back in 2009, but it seems they've already moved on to more interesting things. According to CNET Asia, the Korean company is working on a dual-screen clamshell tablet, similar in form-factor to the Toshiba Libretto W100, but dual-booting between Windows 7 and Android and launching in the first half of 2011.
ViewSonic's new ViewPad Android tablets aren't expected to reach the US market until later this year, but company VP Adam Hanin is already taking a fighting stance when it comes to Steve Jobs' criticisms of 7-inch slates. Speaking to Laptop, Hanin says the Apple CEO "may be a little afraid of this category" and is lashing out at "whatever he can to attack because he sees (7-inch tablets) as a challenge to the dominance of the iPad."
Last week we caught up with the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 tablets as the pair of slates made their UK debut. Now, ViewSonic has confirmed availability and pricing for the two tablets in the US, with the 7-inch model arriving in late Q4 2010 for $479, while the 10-inch dual-booting model will arrive in Q1 2011 at $629.
ViewSonic's ViewPad 10 is the bigger, dual-boot sibling to the all-Android ViewPad 7, offering a choice between Android or Windows 7 in one, 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen slate. Back at IFA 2010 it was still known as the ViewPad 100 and all the company had to show was a rather unstable prototype; now, with the full launch expected on November 15 priced at £449 and with the same trade-in discount scheme as the ViewPad 7, we caught up with the ViewPad 10 to see if its dual-personalities had bedded in.
Video demo after the cut
Two 7-inch Android tablets, two versions of Froyo and two pretty different price tags: the Samsung Galaxy Tab and ViewSonic ViewPad 7 are each taking on the iPad, but they're also challenging each other in the process. We pitted a production version of each against the other to see whether there was a clear winner.
Microsoft is bringing Windows Phone 7 along to New York City on October 11th 2010 - and we'll be there to tell you all the details - but according to a new report that's not the only thing the company will be discussing. Neowin has heard from sources that Microsoft execs will also be discussing the company's tablet plans, including announcing - or at least previewing - a portfolio of devices that should be on sale in time for the holiday shopping season.
ViewSonic is on a roll with their tablet creations. Having just seen the ViewSonic ViewPad at this year's IFA, and noticing that it dual-boots Windows and Android, we're shocked to see that this other 10-inch display tablet isn't that. In fact, it doesn't even dual-boot Operating Systems. Instead, it angles for a more pristine Android 2.2 approach, all of which you'll enjoy on a ten-inch display.
We'll admit, we were so intrigued by ViewSonic's ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 100 last week, we didn't spot their MB-P702 PMP/ereader at the booth. According to imp3, the 7-inch slate may look like yet another tablet, but actually it's a whole lot more focussed than the similarly-sized ViewPad 7. No Android, no web browsing or Google Maps; just 1080p HD video playback with an HDMI output.
Huawei are another company going in for Android in a big way, already behind several of the operator-branded budget smartphones on the market and hoping to follow up that success with the new Ideos U8150, a Froyo 2.2 smartphone with what's tipped to be a roughly $150 unsubsidized price tag. As well as playing with the U8150 at IFA 2010 today, we also grabbed a fleeting moment with the Ideos S7 tablet and a (non-functional) Huawei prototype for their idea of a potential gaming MID.
Video demos after the cut
Viewsonic's announcement that they were bringing an Android tablet to IFA 2010 next week basically added their name to a long list of manufacturers planning the same, but the accompanying image left plenty to be desired. Happily Pocket-lint has managed to source a couple of better pictures of one of the Viewsonic slates, judging by the scale of the side-mounted headphone and USB ports the 7-inch ViewPad model.