ViewSonic follows Apple’s lead with MWC phones & tablets

Feb 24, 2012
7
ViewSonic follows Apple’s lead with MWC phones & tablets

ViewSonic has outed its Mobile World Congress line-up of smartphones and tablets, and with the Android-powered ViewPhone 4s running a 3.5-inch 960 x 640 display it's clear the iPhone 4S is the company's key target. The ViewPhone 4s matches Apple's smartphone with a 326ppi IPS display, but squeezes in twin SIMs and a copy of Ice Cream Sandwich, along with a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing VGA webcam. It's not the only new ViewSonic device, though; read on for more.

ViewSonic has two other smartphones, each less obviously "borrowing" from Apple's spec sheet. The ViewSonic ViewPhone 5e, shown below, has a 5-inch WVGA display and runs Android 4.0, as well as accommodating twin SIMs. It has a smaller sibling, the 3.5-inch ViewPhone 4e, with an HVGA display, 650MHz processor, dual-SIM support and an FM radio, in a 10.3mm thick body.

Then there are the tablets. ViewSonic has three models to show, kicking off with the ViewPad G70 we saw earlier this week. That has a 7-inch 1024 x 600 capacitive IPS multitouch screen, 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi and a 2-megapixel rear camera, along with a VGA resolution front camera. Ports include mini HDMI, microUSB and miniUSB extension, while inside there's 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage with a microSD card to extend it. It runs Ice Cream Sandwich with a custom 3D skin on top.

The ViewSonic ViewPad E100 is a 9.7-inch slate that borrows Apple's 1024 x 768 iPad 2 resolution and ISP screen technology, though runs Android 4.0 rather than iOS. It has WiFi, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB and a microSD slot as standard, with a 3G version tipped too, and a 1GHz processor (source unspecified). It tips the scales at 620g and is 9.1mm thick.

Finally, the ViewPad P100 is a 10-inch IPS Windows 7 slate with a 1280 x 800 panel and a 1.6GHz Intel N2600 dual-core processor. It has twin cameras and is targeted at a more business-focused user.

No word on pricing or availability for any of the new models, but we're guessing we'll find out more at MWC 2012 next week.

[via China Times]


Must Read Bits & Bytes