Monday, May 30, 2011

A tablet that runs Windows OS and Android!

Yes. This is a tablet for anyone who can't decide whether to get an Android or Windows based tablet.

At Computex, ViewSonic officially unveiled the first dual-OS tablet, the ViewPad 10Pro. The device runs Windows 7 as the primary OS, but it is loaded with Bluestacks virtualization software. This allows Android and Android apps to co-exist within an x86 Wintel environment. "It allows for an instantaneous switch between the two OSes without turning off the tablet – Android for simple tasks such as Web browsing and Windows 7 for business applications."

The ViewPad 10Pro is also one of the first devices available to consumers that is powered by an Intel Oak Trail 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor.

It also has 3G compatibility, 1080p video playback, and a 3500mAh battery (with an expected battery life of about 4.5 hours).

"We have continued to invest in our strategic partnerships with Microsoft and Google," Alan Chang, ViewSonic Managing Director of Europe and Asia-Pacific said in a press release. "At Computex, you will see that ViewSonic is not content with standing still."

In addition to the Intel-based, dual-OS 10Pro, ViewSonic also unveiled the ViewPad 7x tablet. With the 7x, ViewSonic opted for the ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor powering Android Honeycomb. The device packs a 7-inch, 1024x600 display and weighs in at under a pound (13.4 oz.). The ViewPad 7x also features DLNA, HSPA+, HDMI-out, and front and rear cameras.

Pricing and availability were not announced for either devices.

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