ViewPad 4 Brings ViewSonic Into the Smartphone Arena


ViewSonic’s undoubtedly trying to expand their scope in a consumer electronics world now dominated by smartphones and tablets. Their ViewPad series was introduced as a line of tablets that weren’t all too bad for your money, but today’s announcement of the ViewPad 4 adds cellular radios to a 4-inch rendition – that means they’re now in the phone game, folks.

The device has a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255, a 5 megapixel camera, 720P HD video recording, Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS. You’ll also be getting an HDMI-out port to view your HD videos on your television (up to 720P). It’ll be running Android 2.2 the first time you power it up, but there’s no word on if that’ll have a custom skin sitting on top.

I thought it was funny that ViewSonic considered this thing a tablet first and foremost, but all of the technical stuff aside, we’ll be looking for this one on the show floor today regardless.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. wonder what kind of stupid UI this phone will have.

  2. The hands-on on engadget show a stock android UI, which would be nice, though I’d prefer Cyanogen.

  3. Cyanogen is stock with ADB Launcher. Though I prefer LauncherPro. ;)

  4. Fugly… That’s all I have to say about that. Now gimme back my box of chocolates.

  5. Real hope this thing works alot better then the g tablet cause that tap n tap shit sucked an that has a tegra 2

  6. Ir looks a little boxy but i like the nice clean look and the stock android. The more stock android the better in my book.

  7. yet another clone phone…1ghz qualcomm processor, froyo, hdvid, and front facing cam. standard specs for all android sphones.

  8. I like the looks, very clean and no nonsense. If they can keep it as stock as possible, and updated regulary, it looks like a great phone.

  9. On the cyanogen comment, I wonder if a vendor could go to the CM team to get support for their phone. A very interesting thought.

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