October 25, 2014

ViewSonic Bows 7-Inch 730 Tablet with $250 Price Tag

ViewSonic has expanded their Android offerings this morning with the announcement of a lower-cost tablet called the ViewBook 730. Dropping later this month, the 7-inch tablet runs Android 2.2 and features an ARM Cortex-A8 1Ghz processor, 8GB of memory, a front-facing VGA camera, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), and HDMI out. In terms of software, the ViewBook 730 will offer Adobe Flash, Amazon App Store, Twitter, Amazon’s MP3 app, YouTube, Mediafly and Kindle. Like the HTC Evo View 4G, the Viewsonic tablet allows for a stylus, using RiteTouch technology on the 800×480 LED backlit screen.

Before you scoff at the Android 2.2, compare the ViewBook 730 to its counterparts. The Wi-Fi-only version of the Samsung 7-inch Galaxy Tab starts at $350 and Dell’s Streak 7 runs $449 with a plan. While it loses points for lack of Honeycomb, it picks them up in affordability. The ViewBook 730 will sell with an ESRP of $250 in late June.

ViewSonic does plan to launch another 7-inch tablet in late June called ViewPad 7x. That device will have a dual-core Nvidia processor and Android 3.0 Honeycomb however we’re still waiting for a price.

Read the full press release for additional information.