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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.

  • retrig
    I'm curious, how is this not just a phone?
  • joytech22
    Why would they dualboot Windows 7 and only Android 1.6? both of the other tablets are running 2.2 so what's the excuse? all i see nowdays is windows 7 + android 1.6..
  • rykh
    Too small to be a tablet and not enough features to be a phone. This is a touch screen PDA with android software.
  • dimar
    so who's gonna come out with a universal remote controller in a tablet form?
  • mayankleoboy1
    with so many things, does it do anything good?
  • Camikazi
    dimarso who's gonna come out with a universal remote controller in a tablet form?Didn't Logitech already do that long ago?
  • eddieroolz
    Looks really good to me. I like the angular design.

    Probably will make a good Skype platform.
  • jimsocks
    damn, i thought netbooks were expensive for the performance you get. but these tablets take gouging to a new level.
  • erm...upcoming viewpad 10? I can already order them from the supplier where I work, probably getting one after I fix my car :S

    The viewpad 10 I believe does come with android 2.1 or 2.2, check the android x86 project for updates for it
  • geoffs
    Let's see, a 4.1" phone with a 1GHz ARM CPU, a 7" tablet with only a 600MHz ARM CPU, both with Android 2.2. A 10" tablet with an Atom dual booting Win7 and Android 1.6. All called the ViewPad. While you should get binary compatibility between the 4" and 7" models, it makes no sense that the 7" has a significantly slower CPU. The 10" will have no binary compatibility with it's little siblings.

    What are the marketing people at ViewSonic smoking? This will cause endless confusion in app compatibility for software vendors and users. Stop smoking whatever it is you're smoking and at least rename the 10" model something other than ViewPad.