ViewSonic ViewPad 7x Landing Stateside in October

Contributing Writer

Liliputing reports that ViewSonic was showing numerous products at a Pepcom show in New York City Thursday, one of which was the ViewPad 7x tablet. Originally revealed a few months ago during Computex 2011, the company now says that it plans to launch the 7-inch device here in the States next month for $379 USD.

As reported earlier, the tablet will be powered by Google's Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" OS (including all Google services) and feature a 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive multitouch display. It will also come packed with Nvidia's 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 SoC, a 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. It will also have an HDMI-out port, support DLNA media streaming, 8 GB of internal storage, SRS audio and a microSD card slot.

PC Magazine, which offers a brief hands-on stemming from Pepcom here, said that the tablet is nearly identical to the "four-star" Acer Iconia Tab A100 which sells for a cheaper $329. "I had real trouble telling them apart at first glance," PC Magazine's Sascha Segan stated. Liliputing's Brad Linder added that it offers better viewing angles and "just feels a little nicer" than Acer's similar offering. That said, the initial impressions sound positive, indicating that the device may even steal some of the thunder away from the 10.1-inch Asus Ee Pad Slider, also hitting shelves in October.

Currently an actual release date is unknown, but expect to see the ViewPad 7x tablet sometime late October. Maybe it will even sport Google's "Ice Cream Sandwich" by the time it hits the market.