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Hands-on with the ViewSonic ViewPad7 from Taipei launch event

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| Mobile Devices News | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 8:29 am

We just got back from the Taipei launch event of the ViewSonic ViewPad7 at the second largest building in the world, 101.

 

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There ViewSonic took the chance to officially announce its new 7-inch tablet computer appropriately called the ViewPad7. It comes installed with Google Android 2.2 and initially from our first look today it seems to be a capable little device.

 

It is powered by a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor and comes with 512MB of RAM. Sadly there is only 512MB of onboard NAND flash for your storage needs, but the device does support a single Micro SD slot for additional capacity up to 32GB - at an additional cost, of course. Moving on the 7-inch display is based on TFT WVGA technology and supports a capable resolution of 800 x 480. The screen has nothing on the iPhone 4, but it still works pretty well. It also comes with 802.11 b/g wireless as well as 3.5G (quad band). You can make calls from this thing, but you'd probably look a little silly holding it up to your ear. Rounding things out the device also comes with Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, front and back camera, GPS (and AGPS) support and it seems to work rather well using Google Maps.

 

Battery life is one of the areas where the ViewPad7 excels. Being a little thicker than the iPad, you would expect good battery performance and according to ViewSonic, you get up to 48 hours of audio playback and 7 hours of video playback at 480p. Not bad at all! It weighs in at a comfortable 375 grams and it will go on sale in Taiwan next month for $14,900 NTD (or about $485 USD at the current exchange rate). We have no details on pricing and availability outside of Taiwan at this stage.

 

For now take a look at our hands-on with the ViewPad7 in the gallery below and next up we'll have a video of the device. Stay tuned!

 

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