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ViewSonic goes downmarket with ViewBook 730 and ViewPad 7x Android tablets, starting from $250

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ViewSonic goes downmarket with ViewBook 730 and ViewPad 7x Android tablets, starting from $250
Thanks to the ommission of certain features, like a dual-core processor and rear camera, which have become trademark for high-end Android tablets, the ViewSonic ViewBook 730 carries an affordable price tag of $250.

ViewSonic ViewBook 730 comes with a stylus

ViewSonic ViewBook 730 comes with a stylus

It comes with a stylus, however, so we might be talking a resistive 7" here, but it is not entirely clear from the press release. The display comes at the modest for this size 480x800 pixels of resolution, and the ViewBook 730 has only 8GB of internal memory, expandable via a microSD card. The cheap slate sizes up at 8.19x5.23x0.56" (208x132.8x14.1mm), and weighs 0.96 pounds. The 5000mAh battery keeps it up for eight hours straight, according to ViewSonic.

The ViewBook 730 is powered by a 1GHz processor, and runs Android 2.2 Froyo for now, sporting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but GPS or 3G are mentioned nowhere in the presser. Two stereo speakers with microphone, a 3.5mm audio jack, a mini-USB, and a mini-HDMI port round up the offering. The HDMI-out port is however capable of pumping out 1080p video to your HDTV.

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7" ViewSonic ViewPad 7x dual-core Android tablet

Excited yet? If not, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7x is another upcoming 7-incher from the company, this time with dual-core Tegra 2 chipset and a 4G HSPA+ radio, which will likely start from $400, probably when Google releases Honeycomb for 7" devices. It has front and rear cameras, HDMI-out and DLNA capabilities, as well as some sort of a surround sound technology.

Any of those two, and especially their price tag tickle your imagination?

source: ViewSonic


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posted on 10 Jun 2011, 06:02

2. mich.bushi (unregistered)


I am eyeing carefully ViewPad 7x, since I am after a solid, sub-8", sub-$350 tablet with good specs and great build quality, and for all previous accounts it looked like it could be the one, but the rumored price tag is too steep.

I hope tablet manufacturers finally realize that slapping together one underpowered SOC processor with small LCD touchscreen, small battery, small memory and some other cheap silicon to round it all up just CANNOT be priced equally to mainstream notebook, or much higher than top-end netbook. It just costs much less to manufacture and is unfair to consumers!

If the rumored price is correct, I will pass on it, unfortunately.

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