ViewPad 10pro is a Dual-Booting Gingerbread/Windows 7 Tablet with Intel Atom Inside

ViewSonic has announced its latest tablet, the Viewpad 10pro, a 10.1-inch slate that will dual-boot Android 2.3 and Windows 7. Among the first tablets to be powered by Intel’s Atom chipset, the 10pro’s CPU is clocked to 1.5GHz. Refinements in the Z670 core allow for impressive battery life with a single charge lasting 8 hours. Two versions of the ViewPad 10pro will be offered. A 32GB build with Windows 7 Professional and Android 2.3 will cost $699, while a 16GB model with Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 2.3 will go for $599. Both will be available later this month.

ViewSonic Brings Dual OS Intel Atom Processor-Based Tablet to Market

ViewPad® 10pro Delivers the Best of Both Worlds in a 10.1″ Tablet, Offering a True Dual Windows® and AndroidTM OS Experience

WALNUT, CA–(Marketwire – Aug 15, 2011) – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced its latest 10.1″ Windows® and Google Android™ dual OS tablet — the ViewPad 10pro.

The ViewPad 10pro is one of the first tablet solutions to be powered by the new 1.5GHz Intel®Atom™ processor Z670. Designed specifically for tablets, this new CPU minimizes power consumption, while enabling smaller and thinner product designs. Partnered with a 1024×600 capacitive multi-touch panel, ViewPad 10pro users can enjoy impressive Full HD 1080p video playback, fast Internet browsing and longer battery life, without sacrificing on performance. Paired with 2GB of integrated memory, the ViewPad 10pro is the optimal mobile computing powerhouse.

“We listened to our customers. We made the ViewPad 10pro dual OS interface as quick and intuitive as possible, while partnering with industry CPU leader Intel to deliver the latest in design and innovation across all fronts,” said Michael Holstein, vice president of business development, ViewSonic.

Tailored for business users, the ViewPad 10pro makes it even easier to enjoy a dual OS experience within a single tablet. Android 2.3 runs as an application on top of the Windows 7 operating system so users need to simply tap on the Android icon to make a seamless switch between business productivity and ultimate entertainment. Throw in the built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, an HDMI out for content sharing, a 1.3 megapixel built-in front camera and a high capacity battery for up to 8 hours of battery life, and you get the ViewPad 10pro — a fully optimized, true dual OS tablet to keep users connected.

“The new Intel Atom processor-based tablet from ViewSonic is a cool, and distinguished product that brings a personalized and flexible experience,” said Bill Kircos, general manager of marketing for Intel’s Netbook and Tablet Group. “Our Intel platform supports multiple operating systems, and this tablet shows how consumers can move between Windows and Android experiences in a way that offers rich graphics, high-definition audio, easy Internet browsing and longer battery life in a slick form factor.”

To ensure the ViewPad 10pro grows with each person’s individual needs, the device offers expandable storage options via a micro SD card slot for up to 32GB of additional space. The dual OS ViewPad 10pro is available in two configurations — with Windows 7 Professional (with a 32GB SSD hard drive) and Android 2.3 for an ESP of $699, or with Windows 7 Home Premium (with a 16GB SSD hard drive) and Android 2.3 for an ESP of $599. A custom docking station accessory is also available for an ESP of $59. Both tablet configurations will be widely available in late August, with limited numbers currently available.

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

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  • miso_sori

    I wonder if this is a real dual boot device or just another Virtual OS Android boot.

    • Erik Bass

      It is not a true dual-boot at all, it is a Virtual Android OS layered onto Win7.
      Where do you get “another”? Is there a different device that uses an android virtual OS?

  • Haggie

    I’ve been using various Android tablets for business and personal for over six months and have yet to think to myself ‘darn, I wish I could switch to Win7 right now’. The opposite has occurred a few times though…

  • dmm5157

    If it’s still the same version Engadget reviewed in February, it seems the display isn’t up to par with the other Android tablet offerings out there. As an owner of a Viewsonic G Tablet, I know how off putting a poor display can be.

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/14/viewsonic-viewpad-10pro-hands-on/

    As for the dual booting, it seems like it may work pretty well. I’ll be interested to see how some hands-on reviews look with the final product.

  • Stephen Cox

    Oh, look, another ViewSonic tablet! Wonder if this one will be dropped from support a few months after launch like the GTablet was, leaving people with broken firmware and lies about fixing it.

  • QuantumRand

    I really don’t understand why tablets cost so much. If this were a netbook, we’d be looking at about $350. How do they possibly justify charging twice that just because they dropped the keyboard and shrunk the battery?

    Other tablets are even worse, considering how the ARM chips they use are considerably cheaper than the AMD and Intel chips netbooks are using. The EeePad Transformer isn’t too bad though, just a little steep. I’d like to see the $399 price include the keyboard dock.

    Apart from that, I’m wondering how they plan to fit Windows 7 into just 16GB of space on the cheaper version. My Windows folder alone is 22gigs, though I’m running the 64bit version. I suppose if the gutted the language files and a lot of the GUI goodies, they could squeeze the installation size down to maybe 8gigs, but that’s literally half of the available space.

    • miso_sori

      Many of the caching aspects of Windows 7 that are used for conventional HDD will not be required and things like hibernation and other things that require a lot of resources will probably also be turned off. Still seems like a tight fit though.

      • QuantumRand

        Using vLite, I’ve seen Windows 7 installations get down to 4.8GB, but that’s from stipping out all of the pre-installed drivers, language files, and so on. After installing it, you can actually shrink that down under 4GB by removing a ton of system files, turning off the pagefile, etc.

        It’s still a pretty heavy install when you only have 16GB of space though. I can imagine a lot of uninformed consumers getting a bit angry when they see their 16GB tablet only has like 9GB of storage.

  • FreakFly

    LMAO! Gingerbread? Really? *FAIL* Oh, and Windows 7? pfft! *EPIC FAIL*

  • Immolate

    I think there’s a market for something like this, but the price is completely out of the realm of reality. Prices for tablets are collapsing right now. Any Android tablet over $500 will find a vaccuum as a result of the Samsung 10.1.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I6PUAEKBFQL2WMZNDIJHX5ZUJA Dwight

    If it was launching with Android Honeycomb instead of 2.3 I’d jump all over it but since it’s not I’ll wait for a dual boot tablet that does.

  • robert smith

    do not buy view sonic, they will put you’on the back burner if this tablet does not sale. like the g tablet started slow the sales even tally picked up, but not support.