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ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro runs both Android and Windows 7 Professional.  (Source: notebookcheck.net)

ViewPad 10Pro in the wild.  (Source: liliputing.com)

The Honeycomb-based ViewPad 7x.  (Source: notebookcheck.net)
Is also one of the first devices powered by Intel's Oak Trail chipset

For consumers who want a non-iPad tablet but can't decide between Android or Windows versions, ViewSonic has a solution.  

At Computex, the company has officially unveiled the first dual-OS tablet, the ViewPad 10Pro. The device runs Windows 7 Professional and is able to run Android Apps, thanks to Blue Stacks virtualization. It allows users to switch between the two operating systems instantly, without having to restart or shut down the device. 

The ViewPad 10Pro is also one of the first devices available to consumers to be powered by an Intel Oak Trail 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor. It also boasts 3G compatibility, 1080p video playback, and a 3500mAh battery (with an expected battery life of about 4.5 hours).

"We have continued to invest in our strategic partnerships with Microsoft and Google," Alan Chang, ViewSonic Managing Director of Europe and Asia-Pacific said in a press release. "At Computex, you will see that ViewSonic is not content with standing still."

In addition to the Intel-based, dual-OS 10Pro, ViewSonic also unveiled the ViewPad 7x tablet. With the 7x, ViewSonic opted for the ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor powering Android Honeycomb. The device packs a 7-inch, 1024x600 display and weighs in at under a pound (13.4 oz.). The ViewPad 7x also features DLNA, HSPA+, HDMI-out, and front and rear cameras.

Pricing and availability were not immediately announced for either device.



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IPS Screen?
By jmunjr on 5/30/2011 1:58:57 PM , Rating: 2
If this tablet has a TN panel like their other one then forget it... A tablet REQUIRES good viewing angles in most situations. Using a TN paneled tablet is ridiculously difficult.




RE: IPS Screen?
By imaheadcase on 5/30/2011 2:16:04 PM , Rating: 1
You could, but you would also raise the price considerably. Look at monitors, going from TN to IPS is couple hundred dollars difference.


RE: IPS Screen?
By Souka on 5/30/2011 2:34:31 PM , Rating: 2
The Color Nook uses an IPS panel and is both cheap and beautiful.

Just saying....


RE: IPS Screen?
By mfenn on 5/30/2011 4:17:15 PM , Rating: 1
B&N also probably sells it at-cost or slightly below because they want to make up the difference e-book profit.


RE: IPS Screen?
By theapparition on 5/31/2011 10:24:47 AM , Rating: 3
B&N makes a decent profit on each Nook Color. It is in no way subsidized by thier book sales.


RE: IPS Screen?
By jmunjr on 5/30/2011 3:17:03 PM , Rating: 3
There are numerous 22" and 23" IPS monitors available today for well under $200... They aren't that expensive any more...


RE: IPS Screen?
By StevoLincolnite on 5/30/2011 7:59:41 PM , Rating: 2
You're correct.
However most of the time the budget IPS screens are only 8bit panels like in the case of the Dell U2311H monitor, so accurate colour reproduction takes a bit of hit compared to the 12bit panels.


RE: IPS Screen?
By jmunjr on 5/31/2011 12:20:22 AM , Rating: 2
Not many people will be able to tell a big difference, though most certainly can between a TN and any IPS panel.

Regardless, the primary reason for doing IPS on a tablet is viewing angle...


RE: IPS Screen?
By icanhascpu on 5/30/2011 5:11:01 PM , Rating: 2
Six years ago says, "Get with the times!".


RE: IPS Screen?
By virthddman on 6/16/2011 1:49:17 PM , Rating: 2
This looks like it could be a good Tablet Good idea - dual OSes!

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Windows Tablets
By monomer on 5/30/2011 1:48:11 PM , Rating: 2
I was at the Microsoft store in San Diego a couple months ago and they had a bunch of Windows 7 tablets to play with. The Atom tablets were basically useless, and while the SandyBridge tablets were faster and much more responsive (and much more expensive), it was apparent that Windows 7 is not viable for use as a tablet OS. Hopefully Windows 8 will be better.




RE: Windows Tablets
By damianrobertjones on 5/30/2011 8:01:49 PM , Rating: 1
So... you had a play with a WIndows 7 tablet for ten minutes and then decided to write them off? Fantastic. Well done Sir. WIth that ten minutes you are now an expert. Did you un-install the bloatware? Update the drivers? Tweak the display or scroll bars?

(Typing this using the WIn7 on-screen keyboard on a HP TM2. Acer W500 is in the next room)

Maybe actually have more of a think instead of repeating what others have said without actually using the product.


RE: Windows Tablets
By Subzero0000 on 5/30/2011 9:19:44 PM , Rating: 2
@damianrobertjones
you have to uninstall bloatware, Update the drivers, Tweak the display or scroll bars, doing all that to use a tablet?


4.5 hours?
By damianrobertjones on 5/30/2011 8:07:07 PM , Rating: 2
Would that be 4.5 hours MAXIMUM or 6.5 hours with 4.5 hours constant media playback?

The HP TM2 and Acer W500 tweaked to an inch of their lives can manage 4hours 20mins constant dvd playback (SOurce on the desktop) which means you might get close to 6ish hours of moderate use.

The original Viewsonic was an awful china oem device badged Viewsonic and shipped with a £150/£200 addition to the oem price. Really, really poor try by them.

If this machine 'IS' only 4.5 hours, then I expect it to die straight away, especially with the W500 and Q550 out there. Shame.

P.s. Typing this using a Windows 7 on-screen keyboard, on a HP TM2. SO easy to use Touch and for once, I'm a poster that's used Windows 7 Touch for more than ten minutes.




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