So, you want the versatility of a Windows 7 tablet, but you still long for the simplicity of a phone OS with an extensive app store? Viewsonic may have a solution for you. On Friday at IFA, Viewsonic disclosed more information on their tablet device which will dual boot both Windows 7 and the Android OS.
They are calling it the ViewPad 100 and it will feature a 10-inch screen with a 1.66 Atom processor under the hood and multitouch on top. Storage will peak at 16GB of solid state plus an SDHC expansion slot for extra storage. For a 10-inch device, the resolution (1024×600) could be a bit higher. 1GB of DDR3 memory, Bluetooth, wifi, 2 USB ports, 1.3 MP camera and VGA-out round out the devices features. A disappointment to me is both the price ($848) and the version of Android (1.6), but both of those could be easily changed before launch.
I’m not sure what the market for tablet devices is at this point. Apple has sold a bunch of iPads, but there are a lot of people who would buy anything simply because it had an Apple logo on it. A decent number of people I meet tell me that they think it’s a niche market and have little-to-no use for one. On top of that, what portion of the tablet market is looking for a dual-booting device with a hefty price tag? I’m not sure.