What's the definition of a tablet these days? Generally, most tablets
are between 7" and 12", but ViewSonic
has us wondering if that's the
case. The company has just introduced what they're calling a new tablet
at CES. The ViewPad 4 is joining the ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10. You could
probably guess, but the ViewPad 4 is a 4.1" tablet. What's interesting
is that there are smartphones on the market today with larger screens
than this. Many of the phones announced at CES this week have 4.3"
displays. So, what's the deal?
The deal is that this could easily be called a smartphone. In truth, it
really is. It's just like a normal tablet in terms of functionality and
performance, but far more portable, and there's the ability to call
someone. It has Android as the OS, a 4.1" WVGA touch screen, a Qualcomm
MSM 8255 (1GHz), 720p HD playback, a 5MP autofocus camera, 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi, GPS/A-GPS and Bluetooth.
ViewSonic has said that pricing will depend on the carriers, which aren't being named yet.
ViewSonic Expands ViewPad® Line at CES
ViewPad 4 Offers Phone and Tablet Functionality in Hand-Held Package
LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - January 6, 2011) - CES 2011 ViewSonic Corp. (South Hall 30873), a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, is extending its ViewPad line at CES 2011 with a brand new 4-inch tablet.
"ViewSonic's heritage in display technology serves as a natural extension of our product expertise," said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager for ViewSonic Americas. "We have been at the forefront of visual display technology for nearly 25 years, 10 of which have been spent in the tablet space. We are proud to extend our tablet legacy by expanding our ViewPad offerings to incorporate new solutions like the ViewPad 4 that put ViewSonic anywhere consumers share, play and connect."
ViewSonic will now offer connected ViewPad solutions ranging from 4 to 10 inches, allowing consumers to select the ViewPad that works best for their needs. As part of this expansion, the company is introducing the ViewPad 4, an Android-based 4.1-inch WVGA touch capacitive device offering tablet power and performance -- and a phone -- all for carrying in your pocket. Based on a Qualcomm® MSM 8255, 1GHz platform, the ViewPad 4 offers full cell phone functionality bundled with HD 720p video recording, playback, upload and HDMI 720p display output. A 5-megapixel auto-focus camera and Bluetooth® 2.1 and 802.11 b/g/n wireless enable video telephony. Additionally, GPS / A-GPS functionality makes it easy to identify points of interest from anywhere. The ViewPad 4 will be available in the middle of 2011. Pricing will be dependent upon carriers.
Today's growth of the ViewPad line complements the rest of ViewSonic's tablet line being showcased at CES, including the ViewPad 7 and the ViewPad 10. Now available for purchase for an ESP of $459, the ViewPad 7 is a 7-inch Android 2.2-based tablet that combines a Qualcomm® MSM7227 600MHz processor with 3.5G data technology. With an 800x400 WVGA LCD screen in a lightweight, pocket-sized design, this device is one of the few 7-inch tablets to offer Android Google Mobile Services (GMS) for access to more than 100,000 Google apps and games along with Gmail, YouTube and more for a convenient entertainment solution that fits their mobile lifestyle. Teamed with built-in 3-megapixel, dual front and rear cameras, GPS/A-GPS, an integrated e-book reader, Document-To-Go functionality and an ultra long battery life of up to 10 hours, the ViewPad 7 ensures consumers can bring all their favorite multimedia content with them wherever they go.
ViewSonic's 10.1-inch Wi-Fi based ViewPad 10 tablet offers the best of both worlds with dual operating systems, giving consumers a choice between Windows® 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6 within the same device. With a high speed Intel® Atom™ 1.66GHz processor and sharp 1024x600 LED backlit panel, this tablet is ideal for consumers that want to use Windows to view Flash-based content and Office programs, and Android for mobile entertainment. The ViewPad 10 is on track for availability in March for an ESP of $629, as scheduled.