ViewSonic's tablet slots in between the Apple iPad and Dell Streak in screen size

Apple ushered in the modern "touch screen" smartphone era with the original iPhone. Likewise, tablets that rely solely on touch input also got a boost from Apple in the form of the 9.7" iPad. Both releases saw competitors quickly come to the market with competing products.

Today, we are witnessing the launch of the ViewSonic ViewPad 7 which looks somewhat like a chunky iPad, but actually runs Google's popular Android operating system (in this case Android 2.2). Like its name implies, the ViewPad 7 features a 7" touch screen. Other features include 3G connectivity (SIM cards supported), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, and dual cameras (VGA front, 3MP back).

"We are proud to announce another world first at ViewSonic. 3G phone functionality combined with dual cameras gives the ability for use of Android apps to use augmented reality or video calling on the move with the benefit of an excellent 7" screen," said Derek Wright, European Product Marketing Manager for ViewSonic. "The ViewPad 7 is aimed at users who require the ‘always on' connectivity they are used to from a mobile phone with a more agreeable screen size for longer term use."

If you were hoping for a speedy 1GHz processor like Snapdragon or Hummingbird, you're likely to be disappointed. According to Engadget, the ViewPad 7 is actually a rebadged OlivePad which means that it comes with a 600MHz ARM processor and a screen resolution of "only" 800x480 which is quite low for a 7" display.

Pricing and availability has not yet been announced, but stay tuned for more information.

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