ViewSonic launches first dual-booting tablet

Written by Antony Leather

October 28, 2010 // 4:12 p.m.

Tags: #10in #android #dual-boot #ipad-rival #slate-pc #tablet #viewpad-10 #viewsonic #windows-7

We attended a product launch event with ViewSonic this morning and on show was its new range of tablet PCs with which it plans to wage war against the market-dominating Apple iPad.

Available in 7in and 10in versions, the new ViewPads sport Windows 7 and Android 1.6 dual-booting; they also boast LED capacitive touchscreens. The flagship 10in model also has 1GB of DDR3 RAM and an Intel 1.66GHz N455 Atom CPU and 16GB of integrated flash storage along with 3G, assisted GPS, 802.11n WiFi, and a 3megapixel camera.

There is however, no support for Flash 10.1 and the N455 CPU at least, isn't going to be supported in future versions of Android either, although this may change at a later date.

The ViewPad 10 was announced in September but ViewSonic today confirmed prices and a cashback scheme for your old hardware. As far as cold hard cash goes, the ViewPad 10 will retail for around £499 with the ViewPad 7 coming in at roughly £399.

However, ViewSonic is also offering new owners the chance to claw some of that cash back with a trade in scheme. By purchasing your ViewPad at one of their nominated outlets (Scan and Misco being two of the more prominent ones) you can trade in your old laptop to get £100 cashback meaning the ViewPad 7, for example, could be had for just £299. Your laptop or PC can be up to four years old and ViewSonic even gives you £10 to cover the cost of postage. Data on any old hard disks will be destroyed with certificates available for proof of this.

Will you be trading in your old laptop for a ViewPad? Have you already bought an iPad? Or maybe you have the same opinion as Steve Jobs, that all other tablets will be DOA? Let us know in the forums.

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