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ViewSonic Expands Tablet Offerings With Low-Cost Model

ViewSonic Expands Tablet Offerings With Low-Cost Model

ViewSonic is expanding its tablet offerings by introducing the ViewBook 730. The ViewBook 730 targets budget-minded users. This tablet runs on Android 2.2 and an ARM Cortex-A8 1Ghz processor. Connectivity options for the ViewBook 730 include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI. The ViewBook 730 features a 7-inch, 800x480 LED backlit screen with RiteTouch technology. The tablet comes with the Amazon Appstore and many popular applications as well as the Amazon Kindle eReader software and Flash 10.1 support. The ViewBook 730 has 8GB of memory onboard and a microSD slot for expansion up to 32GB. The ViewBook 730 will be available at the end of June for approximately $249.99.

ViewSonic Changes the Face of Tablets

New ViewBook® 730 tablet is a fully-featured low-cost powerhouse.

WALNUT, Calif. – June 6, 2011 – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today expanded its tablet offerings with the launch of the ViewBook tablet line and new ViewBook 730.

Designed for the value seeker who doesn’t want to compromise on features, the ViewBook 730 makes it easy for anyone to make multimedia mobile. This Android™ 2.2 OS tablet combines a fast and powerful ARM® Cortex-A8 1Ghz processor with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® support in a convenient 7” form factor. Whether experiencing 1080p video playback via the HDMI connection, or engaging in video chat and conference calls using the integrated front VGA camera, the ViewBook 730 is the ideal tablet for staying connected and enjoying all the exciting possibilities of digital media content on the move.

With its RiteTouch technology, the ViewBook 730’s high-resolution 800x480 LED backlit screen serves as a great tool for pen writing. Whether taking notes in the classroom, highlighting excerpts within a novel or textbook, or working on art projects with the pre-installed Sketcher® app, the included stylus and RiteTouch make it easy to write directly on the screen of the device, swipe across content and scroll through emails.

Fully integrated with the Amazon Appstore, the most popular games and entertainment have already been installed: from Twitter, to Amazon’s MP3 music downloader, shopping on Amazon.com, plus YouTube and Mediafly, along with Amazon® Kindle™ software for industry-leading eBook reading.

“In the tablet marketplace, there are plenty of solutions to choose from,” said Michael Holstein, vice president of business development, ViewSonic. “We recognized a need for a tablet device that offers users an excellent multimedia experience with a very affordable value proposition. From the pre-installed Amazon Kindle eReader to full Amazon app integration and Flash 10.1 support, our new ViewBook 730 enables consumers to do all the fun things that they want to do on a tablet without the added cost for features they don’t need.”

In addition to an ample 8GB of memory, the ViewBook 730 offers up to an additional 32GB of storage capacity via the microSD card slot. Teamed with a long-lasting battery for up to 8 hours of use per charge, consumers can bring all their favorite multimedia content with them wherever they go. For added convenience and functionality, the ViewBook 730 offers ViewSonic’s AirSync technology to ensure that tablet owners will receive over-the-air device updates as they are rolled out, from feature add-ons to software updates. The ViewBook 730 will be available at the end of June 2011 for an ESP of $249.99.

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While the current market is dominated by the iPad all you have to do is look at the smart phone market to see the outcome of all of this . Yes iPhone is still strong running at second place, but Android now beats it month to month and quarter to quarter and has for a little while now.

I do not expect it to change. While the sheep in most cases will still choose to be sheep any new customers looking at the current offerings of 1 Apple smart phone (on 2 carriers) and numerous Android ones (on all carriers) that even in the single core variation still have very capable entries. Apple as has generally been true is more of a boutique choice, not to mention one with stunted capabilities across the board.

The same thing will happen with these markets as what happened with the PC market eventually. While Apple has varied it's concentrations admirably across the various boards, I still see it loosing in the long run!

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Great points rapid I think this boils down to open is better in the consumers eyes. Of course part of that might be because of people like us that so many rely on for advice and often we steer people toward more open devices.

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Im not so sure about this tablet though. Both of you have good points, but when it comes to tablets i dont think we're quite there yet. Im curious to see what the quality is like on this tablet, but previous view sonic tablets havent been very good and with the basic galaxy tab near the same price point id be hard pressed to buy something like this.

I think two things will have to happen before we see android really dominating the tablet market. The first is a decrease in price. Certainly the Asus transformer and Acer iconia have brought prices down a good amount, but a bit lower couldnt hurt their cause. The other is quality. Sure the transformer and iconia seem to have gotten things right for the most part. And the quality of the playbook and galaxy tab are good as well. But i dont think the Viewbooks fall in this category.

I think right now the market really just needs to mature. A year from now we'll see lower price points, better quality and more os options (windows 8) for tablets. Not only that but tablets will have made their own market next to laptops and other mobile devices. Dont forget the hardware is also developing at a break neck pace (Kal-El). So yeah i guess as far as price goes, this tablet is a step in the right direction, but i think this tablet will be largely ignored as market develops over the next 6 months.

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I really feel that although this pad in not as full featured as the rest some consumers will purchase it, that in turn will effect the sales of the higher end tablets even if just a tiny bit.  The larger companies will have to continue to innovate and provide better prices/services to keep their customers so essentially win for us guys that like to wait things out until the going gets good.

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I like that this tablet has a lower price point and still features a 1GHz processor as well as on-board and expansion storage options. I'd be interested to see how this tablet performs in real life.

Also, I wonder why ViewSonic isn't shipping this with Honeycomb?

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Makes more sense than other E-readers. The only question is the price?

If it were closer to the e-readers then I can see people going for it. But like Rapid said being dominated by Ipads, I am sure it is not much of a stretch for most people to wait and go with the Ipad for a little more.

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