updated 12:50 am EST, Fri January 13, 2012
ViewSonic gives a glimpse at upcoming gear at CES
ViewSonic gave us a quick look at its upcoming hardware at the CES show. This included the 10-inch ViewPad 10e and dual-booting 10pi and 7-inch E70 Android tablets and ViewPhone 3. The phone will cost $280 and be unlocked when it ships in March, supporting AT&T and T-Mobile networks.
The phone is one of the few with dual SIM cards, allowing owners to use two providers in one handset. It gets an 800MHz processor along with 512MB of RAM, a 3.5-inch touchscreen and a 3G radio. Android 2.3 is onboard. There is a five-megapixel camera out back as well.
The 10-inch ViewPad 10E is impressively thin, at 9.1mm and has IPS technology for its 1024x768 touchscreen. The problem is that, at least for now, the tablet runs the phone-oriented Android 3.2, though ViewSonic customized it somewhat. There is no access to the Android Market, so app availibility is limited to Amazon's Appstore, the 1Mobile market and other, more creative methods. Processing power comes from a single-core, 1GHz processor, and this hurts performance, as it was quite slow to react to touch inputs. The ports include miniHDMI, microUSB and miniUSB, as well as a spot for microSD card. There is a also a three-megapixel rear camera and a front 1.3-megapixel one as well.
The 10e is due to ship at the end of the month and will cost $280. It should get an update to Android 4.0 soon thereafter, however.
ViewSonic also had a first for the company at the show, in the form of its dual-boot 10-inch ViewPad 10pi. Aimed at business professionals, it can load into either Windows 7 Professional or Android 2.3 for less ardurous tasks. Processing power comes from a 1.5GHz Intel Oak Trail Z670 CPU. Its 1280x800 IPS panel was pleasure to look at, however, the user experience left something to be desired. Windows 7 and the three hard buttons are on the side of the tablet and sometimes button presses didn't register. Shipping is set for late in January, with prices starting at $850.
The ViewPad E70 will ship with Android 4.0 and it has a single-core 1GHz processor along with 4GB of integrated storage space, expandable by a microSD card slot. There is an HDMI output as well, something other budget tablets such as Amazon's Kindle Fire don't provide. Screen resolution is 800x480. It is said to come in March, we were told, with a $170 price tag.
The 7-inch ViewPad 7x is powered by a 1GHz, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 1024x600 screen resolution and 8GB of storage space. A micro HDMI output is present, as are a microSDHC card slot and microUSB port. Android 3.2 is onboard, though an update after its release should bring it up to Android 4.0.
Also among the showing was the CDP-7030TL 70-inch display meant for the industrial, educational or retail applications. It gets a 1080p, LED-backlit panel that uses infrared touch technology. It will carry a $6,000 sticker in February.
ViewSonic 70-inch CDP-7030TL