ViewSonic releases Android 2.2, Windows 7 tablets

Android tablet market starts to get crowded

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7

The ViewSonic ViewPad 7

Best known for its monitors, ViewSonic has burst onto the tablet PC market with two ViewPad models that run either Google’s Android or Windows 7.

The seven-inch ViewPad 7 runs Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ and the 10-inch ViewPad 10 is a dual-boot Android and Windows 7 touch screen device.

ViewSonic joins Telstra, Samsung and other smaller players in the Android tablet PC space.

Both tablets will be available in Australia from January 2011. The ViewPad 7 will cost $699 and the ViewPad 10 $799.

ViewSonic is in discussions with local carriers for possible contract pricing, but has not announced anything yet.

At 11.5 millimetres thick and 375 grams, the ViewPad 7 features a multi-touch screen, HSDPA for 3G calls, and access to the Android Market.

The ViewPad 7 bundles the Documents-to-Go software package and features dual 3 megapixel Web cameras on both sides of the device.

Other features include a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, integrated voice recognition, GPS.

While the ViewPad 7 is Android-only, its bigger sibling, the ViewPad 10 boots either Android or Windows 7.

With 1GB of DD3 memory and a 200MHz Intel graphics processor, the ViewPad 10 features two USB 2 ports, 802.11N wireless and weighs in at 875 grams.

It also has a mini VGA port for PC connectivity and 16GB of SSD storage.

Android on the the ViewPad 10, however, does not have access to the Android Market.

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