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ViewSonic ViewPads Dated for North America

Monday ViewSonic Corp. revealed the North American launch dates for its upcoming Android and Windows 7-based tablets, the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10. The former device is slated to arrive during the holiday 2010 tablet rush while the latter won't arrive until next year.

Hitting the market in late Q4 2010, the ViewPad 7 will feature a 7-inch form factor, Google's Android 2.2 OS, and a 800 x 480 WVGA LCD screen. The tablet is also billed as one of the only 7-inch Android tablets that use the Android Google Mobile Services, granting users official access to the Android Market, YouTube, Gmail and more. Other tablets features will include a 3MP rear-facing camera and a 0.3MP front-facing camera, 512 MB of memory, a microSD offering capacities up to 32 GB, battery life up to 10 hours, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more.

As for the ViewPad 10, this 10.1-inch form factor tablet will provide both Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Home Premium in a dual-boot setup. On the hardware front, it will pack an Intel Atom 1.66 GHz CPU, 1 GB of memory, a 16 GB SSD, and a microSD card slot. The device will also have a 1024 x 600 LED screen with G-senor and capacitive multi-touch, a 1.3MP webcam, Wi-Fi and more. The ViewPAd 10 is slated for a Q1 2011 release.

"Leveraging our 20-year display heritage, these new ViewPad solutions provide users with anytime anywhere connectivity," said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager for ViewSonic Americas. "With access to the universe of Android apps, our new ViewPads are perfectly suited for enjoying digital entertainment and social media. Office productivity is also a snap with robust web browsing functionality."

The ViewPad 7 will cost $479 when launched within the next few months whereas the ViewPad 10 will be a meatier $629. Both tablets will be accompanied by third-party accessories at launch.