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Dual-Booting Viewsonic ViewPad 10 Available Today, Not Even On Eclair

Viewsonic’s finally launched their dual-booting ViewPad 10 tablet. The 10-inch hand computer will run Windows 7 alongside – you guessed it – Android. There’s just one problem: it’s running Android 1.6 and there’s no telling if it’ll be upgraded (to even 2.1 or 2.2). Let’s hope some hackers will get their hands on this one and go to town. It’ll have a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of memory, a WSVGA resolution of 1,024×600 and more. Read on for full press details.

ViewSonic Delivers the Best of Both Worlds With Immediate Availability of Its ViewPad® 10 Tablet

10.1″ Dual-Boot Tablet Brings to Customers a New Level of Convenience

WALNUT, CA–(Marketwire – March 7, 2011) – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced North American availability of the ViewPad 10. Giving users a choice between Windows® 7 and Google Android™ within the same device, this 10.1″ dual-boot tablet is ideal for maximizing business productivity alongside entertainment.

“The lines of professional and personal life are blurring, which creates a need for devices that are suited for both sides,” said Adam Hanin, vice president of marketing for ViewSonic Americas. “The ViewPad 10 delivers just that by enabling users to merge business productivity with personal enjoyment anywhere, anytime. We are proud of our 10-year tablet history and are dedicated to further extending our tablet product portfolio to meet every individual need.”

Packed with a high speed Intel® Atom™ 1.66GHz processor and integrated 2GB of memory, the ViewPad 10 is a powerhouse of mobile computing. Built with a 1024×600 panel with LED backlight technology partnered with capacitive multi-touch functionality, the device provides a crystal clear viewing experience, even when multitasking across several applications.

The ViewPad 10 enables consumers to take Windows on the road, allowing access to Flash-based content and programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat, wherever they are. Plus social media applications like Facebook and Twitter, sharing photos and surfing the Web through Google’s Android 1.6 platform are only a switch away, making this device the perfect companion for those looking to work, play and share on the go. Throw in the built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and 1.3 megapixel built-in front camera, the ViewPad 10 is fully optimized to keep users connected.

To ensure the ViewPad 10 grows with each person’s individual needs, the device offers expandable memory options via a micro SD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space. The dual-boot ViewPad 10 is now available — with Android 1.6 and either Windows 7 Home Premium (with a 16GB SSD hard drive) or Windows 7 Professional (with a 32GB SSD hard drive) for respective ESPs of $599 and $679.

For more information on ViewSonic’s products, please visit ViewSonic.com or follow ViewSonic on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About ViewSonic
ViewSonic® Corporation is a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions. ViewSonic develops, markets and supports a broad range of innovative products, including LCD TVs, computers, LCD monitors, projectors, digital photo frames, digital signage displays and digital media players. For further information, please contact ViewSonic Corporation at 800.888.8583 or 909.444.8888; or visit ViewSonic.com.

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  • onjki

    You state it will be running “Windows Phone 7″ but the details clearly state it will be running Windows 7 Home Premium or Windwos 7 Professional. Those are not phone operating systems.

  • danny

    Its windows 7 not WP7, do you guys even proof your articles?

  • chrisrj28

    Dual-cooting?

    Anyone I don’t remember Windows Phone 7 running flash as they are alluding to, nice concept though

  • http://www.aol.com MacDaddy

    I think they mean Windows 7 – NOT Windows Phone 7.

  • Whoamanwtf

    I’m pretty sure it’s actually windows 7 not the mobile os your thinking of.

  • deathbysnoosnoo

    What’s a “dual-cooting” device?

  • fotek

    I see the screenshot shows it’s running Microsoft Office for Mac OS X… I don’t suppose it’ll ship with that ;)

  • Quentyn Kennemer

    Yea, I typed this article up while I was on a conference call. Attention split between two tasks = bad idea. Sorry about the typos.

  • DyDx

    I’m pretty sure the reason it’s stuck on Android 1.6 is because it’s got an x86 processor and nor ARM. I’m guessing that Android 2.x either isn’t available for x86 architectures, or it’s unstable or feature-incomplete.

  • PSkeptic

    Shipping any device with anything less than Android 2.1 is criminal.

    The only saving grace is this unit comes with Win 7 preloaded.

  • ari-free

    yeah I know that Google would like to say Android is for all kinds of cpu’s but they should just stick to ARM. Even if it had the latest Android version, lots of NDK apps won’t work.

  • Dave

    Jokes. Friends don’t let friends buy this kind of crap.

  • http://beesbuzz.biz/ fluffy

    I wonder if it’s based on the androidx86 fork, which hasn’t been updated since 1.6. Google TV boxes are running Android 2.1 on x86, but the source for that hasn’t been released publicly AFAIK.

  • ari-free

    It’s not crap…it’s just a Windows 7 tablet that threw in some kind of android just for the heck of it.

  • jroc

    I want an Android tablet, but this one would be more appealing to me. To be able to dual boot with Windows.
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    If it can get updated to higher than 1.6 I would be so interested in it.

  • DannyB

    @PSkeptic
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    Shipping any device with Windows is criminal.
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    The only saving grace is this unit comes with Android 1.6 preloaded.
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    (which sure beats any version of Windows.)

  • bigkage

    Got a demo from work. It appears to be a x86 fork and it’s Windows 7 Pro. The Windows side isn’t too bad though I’m not used to the touch on W7. The android side is lame. I’m disappointed. I want a good android tablet. Looks like this won’t be it.