ViewSonic announced yesterday that their 10.1-inch ViewPad 10 now has a price and North American availability. Dual-booting between Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 1.6 (YUCK), it features a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and support for microSD, WiFi and Bluetooth.
Given the fact that the Windows stuff would be convenient to run Word, Excel, etc, it would normally sound appealing to us. The problem we see ViewSonic facing starts with the $599 (16GB SSD hard drive) and $679 (32GB SSD hard drive) price tags. That, and pretty much all Android 1.6 apps will look average on the 1024×600 screen. Were this to launch a year ago, we might be inclined to give it a second look. In 2011, we’re looking for considerably more out of our Android tablets.
Let’s hope the future of ViewSonic is a little cheaper and more modern.