Monday ViewSonic officially launched its dual-boot tablet, the 10-inch ViewPad 10pro. Backed by the new 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Z670 "Oak Trail" processor, the tablet offers both Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" and Windows 7 Professional or Home Premium simultaneously, depending on your wallet.
"We listened to our customers," said Michael Holstein, vice president of business development, ViewSonic. "We made the ViewPad 10pro dual OS interface as quick and intuitive as possible, while partnering with industry CPU leader Intel to deliver the latest in design and innovation across all fronts."
As the "dual-boot" description indicates, the tablet automatically loads into Windows 7 -- the Android OS runs as an application on top of the underlying Windows 7 platform. "Users need to simply tap on the Android icon to make a seamless switch between business productivity and ultimate entertainment," the company explains.
As for hardware, the device features a 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch LCD screen with a default resolution of 1024 x 600. It also features Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, a front-facing 1.3MP camera, 2 GB of DDR2 RAM, 16 or 32 GB of SSD storage (depending on the model), a microSD card reader for up to 32 GB of extra storage, an HDMI output port, and a 2-cell 5000 mAh battery offering up to 8 hours.
Unfortunately, the tablet doesn't come cheap. Model V10P_1BN7HUS6_01 featuring Windows 7 Home Premium, Android 2.3 and 16 GB of storage costs $599. Model V10P_1BN7PUS6_02 featuring Windows 7 Professional, Android 2.3 and 32 GB of storage costs $699. A custom docking station accessory is also available for an estimated street price of $59. Both tablet configurations will be widely available in late August, with limited numbers currently available, the company said.
Will ViewSonic have problems selling a $599 to $699 tablet to a market that seems intent to only spend around $400 USD? Was the choice of adding Android 2.3 as an application instead of a separate OS a bad idea? What kind of performance issues will this type of setup bring?