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ViewSonic Unveils New 4-Inch "Tablet"

Thursday during CES 2011, ViewSonic Corp revealed a new addition to its ViewPad line of tablets, the ViewPad 4. Slated for a June/July 2011 release, this smaller solution will be based on the Qualcomm MSM8255 1 GHz platform and offer full cell phone functionality.

"ViewSonic's heritage in display technology serves as a natural extension of our product expertise," said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager for ViewSonic Americas. "We are proud to extend our tablet legacy by expanding our ViewPad offerings to incorporate new solutions like the ViewPad 4 that put ViewSonic anywhere consumers share, play and connect."

Under the hood, the new ViewPad 4 will sport a 4.1-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, HD 720p video recording, playback and upload, HDMI 720p display output, a 5MP auto-focus camera, Bluetooth 2.1, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, GPS/A-GPS functionality, Google's Android OS and more.

Pricing of the ViewPad 4 will be dependent upon carriers, the company said.

Currently the ViewPad 4 now joins ViewSonic's two other tablets: the $459 7-inch ViewPad 7 and the upcoming $629 10.1-inch ViewPad 10. The ViewPad 7 features Android 2.2 Froyo, a Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz processor, 3.5G data technology, a 800 x 400 WVGA LCD screen, built-in 3MP, dual front and rear cameras, GPS/A-GPS, an integrated e-book reader and more.

The ViewPad 10 will be Wi-Fi only when it arrives in March 2011. The largest of the three, the tablet will come packed with an Intel Atom 1.66 GHz processor, a 1024 x 600 LCD screen, and both Windows 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6 in a dual-boot configuration.

ViewSonic is currently showing all three tablets at CES 2011 at South Hall 30873.