ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro marries Windows 7 and Android to a decent battery life

ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro marries Windows 7 and Android to a decent battery life
We saw the ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro visit the FCC recently, and now the official announcement is a fact. What sets apart this 10-incher with the otherwise bland 1024x600 pixels of resolution, is the combination of software and silicon that powers it.

It sports the 1.5GHz Atom Z670 chipset, which of course reveals that it is running Windows 7, but also has an Android 2.3 Gingerbread mode, which is evoked with a simple icon from within the Windows environment. As far as we know, ViewSonic uses the BlueStacks emulator to achieve this, but the promised 8 hours of battery life in Windows 7 mode should be extended when switching to Android, as it is not nearly as resource-intensive.

Other goodies include an HDMI-out port, 1.3MP webcam, Full HD 1080p video playback, microSD slot and, of course, all the legacy Windows software and hardware compatibility you throw at it. The ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro weighs 1.85 pounds, which is not bad at all, comes at 0.58" thickness and with the unpleasant $699 price tag for the Windows 7 Professional edition version with 32GB of internal memory. Downsizing to Windows 7 Home Premium and 16GB takes $100 off that price tag.

It should make a nice stopgap tablet for Microsoft devotees before Windows 8 slates hit en masse next year.

source: ViewSonic

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ViewPad 10Pro
  • Display 10.1" 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Camera / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Intel Atom, Single core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 5000 mAh

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5 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have to see this tablet in action. It looks like a great idea though! I love the Windows 7 & Android marrige they have going in this tablet! Definitely interesting!

2. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

This would only be useful if Windows 7 had tablet functions such as zooming in etc. Sometimes you just can't click everything with your pointer finger, especially if its too small.

3. exo2u unregistered

about time. been waiting for companys to make a decent dual boot forever. this is definitely going to take off and next year it will almost be worth it to finally get a tablet :) cant wait for windows 8 and ice cream, mmmm..

4. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

It's not dual-boot... It's Windows 7 with an Android emulator.

5. exo2u unregistered

ah i see, I just figured it would act like it, am i wrong??? As long as i can use both os's on one device im happy ;)

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