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ViewSonic Launching 7-Inch Honeycomb Tablet

ViewSonic will reportedly introduce the world's first 7-inch tablet using Google's slick new Android 3.x "Honeycomb" operating system later this month at Computex 2011 in Taipei. The device will be christened as the ViewPad 7x and will sport Nvidia's tasty Tegra 2 dual-core processor, an obvious 7-inch touch screen, two cameras (front/back) and an HDMI port.

According to unnamed sources, the new tablet will sit alongside the current ViewPad 7 model rather than replace it. The 7x model will also offer HSPA+ connectivity, potentially accessing 4G networks provided by locals AT&T and T-Mobile. There's also talk that it will weigh a mere 0.84 pounds and offer DLNA support for streaming video and audio across the home network. An additional image reveals that the tablet will have a nifty patten stamped across the back plate.

Right now, little else is known about this particular tablet, only that its expected ship date is sometime in June. The current Android 2.2 ViewPad 7 only runs at $299, but we expect the new device to be more in tune with $399 or $429 when it finally hits shelves. A formal announcement should appear sometime just before the tablet hits the Computex center stage later this month.