Viewsonic flexes tablet muscles

Viewsonic flexes tablet muscles

The vendor has unveiled its tablets ready to be sold in Australia in January

Journalists fiddle with the ViewPad 7.

Journalists fiddle with the ViewPad 7.

ViewSonic has unveiled its ViewPad series in a bid to break into the tablet market in January.

The vendor has brought out a 7-inch ViewPad as a rival to the Samsung Galaxy tab, another 7-inch Android OS based tablet currently available through Telstra and Optus.

Officially called the ViewPad 7, the device runs the Android 2.2 OS and weighs in at 375g. It has access to Android Market for app downloads, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube and is able to make 3G voice calls.

Through downloading a free app, ViewPad 7 is able to host video conference calls as it has a camera located at the front and back of the chassis.

It can handle Microsoft Office documents including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

According to the vendor, the unit’s battery life sits at 48 hours for audio playback use and seven hours for watching movies.

ViewPad 10, the 10.1-inch tablet of the family, uses a dual-boot system supporting Windows 7 and Android 1.6.

It features an Intel 1.66GHz processor with integrated 1GB and 16GB SSD HDD. It weighs 875g and is wireless enabled.

How the tablets will be sold has yet to be determined but Viewsonic is looking at all avenues including retail, telco and IT channels.

The ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 will be available in January for $699 and $799, respectively.

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