ViewSonic to Sell 10-inch Hybrid Android/Windows Tablet

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Be still, my beating heart. ViewSonic will be showing off a 10-inch “ViewPad” tablet with an Intel processor next week that dual boots into both Android and a Microsoft-based operating system. It’s unclear whether the Microsoft part of the equation will be a full version of Windows 7 or the scaled back Windows Embedded Compact 7, which doesn’t run standard Windows programs. That it’s using an Intel processor helps make the case for Windows 7, though.

If it’s a full version of Windows 7, this would be a very wise move on ViewSonic’s part and would make for a very interesting tablet. You’d be able to use Android for light web surfing, videos, and mobile apps and then boot into Windows in a pinch to do some more serious work. Most people would probably spend most of their time in the Android side of the tablet, but having Windows 7 on board as an option would be nice for travelling, for instance, as you could theoretically get away with bringing just a tablet instead of a tablet and a laptop or netbook.

ViewSonic will also be showcasing a 7-inch ViewPad Android tablet with front and rear cameras, GPS, and some sort of app store, although whether it’s the Android Market is unknown. Google has rules for what types of devices can access the official Android app store and tablets traditionally haven’t made the cut so far, though that may all change when the tablet-specific version of Android (codenamed Gingerbread) comes out in October.

Full press release after the jump.

ViewSonic presents new 3D Lifestyle, Digital Media and Tablet products at IFA 2010

London, 23rd August 2010 – ViewSonic Europe will be previewing its new range of 3D devices and digital media players at IFA 2010, Hall 14 Stand 107.  The new range of products includes an affordable 3D camcorder, portable 3D TV and 7″ tablet PC.  ViewSonic will also be demonstrating new products to its existing ranges of LED display technology, media streamers and eBook readers.

ViewSonic adds to its range of affordable easy to use 3D technology

New product additions to ViewSonic’s continued strategy of 3D innovation will be shown at IFA 2010.  The range includes a lightweight handheld 3D digital camcorder capable of recording at 720p, with an integrated 3D preview display and an SRP of around £199.  ViewSonic will also be demonstrating its handheld 3D TV, that will allow anyone to watch 3D content on the go.  Other additions that will feature at the show will be a 3D digital camera and a 3D digital photo frame.

ViewSonic continues development of digital media products

The ViewPad 7, a 7″ Android tablet with 3G and wi-fi connectivity, access to thousands of applications and front and back-facing cameras will be previewed for the first time in Europe.  The ViewPad 7 also features assisted GPS, a Micro SD card slot, Bluetooth, G-Sensor and USB connectivity, making the device a compact lightweight companion that has a lot to offer.  ViewSonic will also be previewing a new Intel-based 10″ tablet with dual boot Microsoft and Android operating systems.

In addition to the new tablet range, visitors to the ViewSonic stand will be able to try first-hand a range of products, including the new VPC220, a fully all-in-one PC; the VMP74, an award winning HD media-streamer and the VEB625, a touch screen eBook reader with wi-fi connectivity.

“ViewSonic are focused on providing a full 3D experience, allowing our users to not only view 3D in the best possible way, but now create their own affordable content.” said James Coulson, marketing manager, ViewSonic Europe. “We believe by making 3D simple to use, whilst providing a complete solution, we can introduce 3D technology to consumers who were hesitant about new technology or concerned about the cost.”

Also at the show ViewSonic will continue to demonstrate its commitment to its traditional display products.  The recent global announcement of strategic shift towards LED technology in all its products will be highlighted in the presence of its new flagship VX2450-LED monitors and the introduction of a new 22″ LED TV.

[via SlashGear]

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