ViewSonic goes downmarket with ViewBook 730 and ViewPad 7x Android tablets, starting from $250
ViewSonic ViewBook 730 comes with a stylus
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.
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?
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.