ViewPad 100: ViewSonic’s 10-inch Android/Windows Tablet

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It’s official. ViewSonic’s 10-inch tablet will be called the ViewPad 100, and a preproduction model has been shown off at the IFA show in Germany running both Android and Windows 7.

Android purists will appreciate that the company doesn’t seem to have plans to meddle with the stock interface, though the prototype shown off is only running Android 1.6. That’s due to the tablet using an Intel processor to power both Android and Windows, and 1.6 is the latest version of Android to be compatible with Intel processors. Hopefully that’ll change soon.

As far as specs go, we’re dealing with a 10-inch 1024×600 capacitive multi-touch display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB solid-state hard drive (expandable via microSD), Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/GPS, two USB ports, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam, and Windows 7 alongside Android 1.6, of course.

ViewSonic’s been a little hazy on the launch date details, but has said it’s shooting for an “October-ish” release in Europe at a price point of under €500, which pretty much means €499. No word on a US launch date or pricing yet, but ViewSonic sells plenty of products here. If I were a betting man, I guess we might see this one here early next year (possibly shown off at CES in January) and hopefully with a price point of under $500.

[via Engadget]

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