ViewSonic has launched its dual-boot tablet ViewPad 10 in the market. The device is bootable on Android 1.6 and Windows Phone 7 for the merging of personal and professional environs. It is available immediately for $599 (16GB SSD, Windows 7 Home Premium) or $679 (32GB SSD, Windows 7 Professional).
The device features a 10-inch 1024 x 600-pixel touchscreen display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. Why it has the Android 1.6 and not Android 2.2 is anybody’s guess.
At the MWC 2011, ViewSonic had revealed a similar device by the name of ViewSonic Pro that had Android 2.2 which was actually the version to be released instead of ViewPad 10. Then, there was talk of an OTA update to the ViewPad 10 in March to bring the OS to Froyo. That’s not all the confusion. ViewSonic’s own promotional image for the product shows the device running a done up screenshot of the Mac OS X. Some clarity is needed here.
In spite of Adam Hanin’s (Vice President of marketing for ViewSonic Americas) justification of a dual boot tablet “The lines of professional and personal life are blurring, which creates a need for devices that are suited for both sides”, we’re not sure if there will be many takers for the device.
What’s your take on the ViewPad 10?