According to Pocket-Lint.com, citing “reliable sources”, ViewSonic is poised to launch a 7” Android tablet that will run Honeycomb (check out the shape of the cam and flash in the photo… pretty wild).
You’ll no doubt recall that ViewSonic already has a 7” Android device on the market, the ViewSonic ViewPad 7, but it’s only running Android 2.2 and rocking out a relatively weak 600MHz CPU.
The updated ViewSonic ViewPad 7x, as it’s called, won’t replace the ViewPad 7 according to Pocket-Lint, but will merely sit next to it as a premium option. If money isn’t an object then you’d be wise to pick the ViewPad 7x over the older model as the 7x will be rocking out an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core CPU. Other details are relatively slim at the moment; all that’s been confirmed is the usual front/rear cams, DLNA support and HDMI-output (likely mini-HDMI) and a weight of 380 grams — slightly heavier than the similarly sized Galaxy Tab [tracking page].
We could tell you when exactly ViewSonic plans to announce the 7x, but we think it’d be nice if you stopped by Pocket-Lint for that info. Go ahead, we’ll wait.
Are you back? Well now you’ll see that it looks like it’ll be a race to the market between the ViewPad 7x and upcoming Acer Iconia A100/A101. Who’s your money on?
Viewsonic seem fairly clear about the G10S products final specs and seeing as their are some very similar / branded variants on the market already, it is likely that this will be available very shortly.
We’re talking about an Android Open Source 2.2 (no Market, Gmail, Navigation etc.) buid on a Tegra2 platform with some talk (!) of Honeycomb. Certainly the specs seem ok, the build quality is acceptable and, to me, it appeared fairly light for 10 inch device. 3G was mentioned too so this might be the main difference over the Advent Vega version that already sells in the UK. Once again, pricing is going to be the key differentiator in this busy 10″ Android Tablet space. We should get that in just a few weeks. We’ll also be keeping an eye on Honeycomb ports over Q2 because with the docking station and potential USB host capability this could turn into something completely different over time.
Viewsonic announced their 7 inch Viewpad 7 Android tablet yesterday [Full Details now in the database] and we’re keen to get hands on with this one over the next few days while we visit IFA. It’s ticking nearly all the boxes so far with Google applications and Market, A-GPS, 3G, capacitive multitouch (beats the Huawei S7 that was in the running until now) and Android 2.2. The processor is a 600Mhz Snapdragon which shouldn’t be too bad at all with the latest Android version. The rear, 3MP camera is also interesting. We wonder if it’s an HQ job or just something to satisfy Google’s requirements. This thing can even make voice calls! There are question marks over the RAM and built-in flash. The price, 350 UK Pounds (which includes taxes.) That’s not super-cheap but with those specs, it’s right on the mark.