ViewSonic Debuts ViewPad 7 Android Tablet with Voice
After teasing the device last week, Viewsonic has officially unveiled its 7-inch ViewPad 7, an Android 2.2-powered tablet with the unique distinction of supporting cellular voice calls. Unlike most other tablets on the market, this model uses its SIM card not just for 3G data, but for the full voice and SMS/MMS experience. In that respect, it bears some resemblence to the five-inch Dell Streak or, if we look back further, HTC’s Windows Mobile-powered Advantage.
According to Engadget, this particular ViewPad is little more than a rebadge of Olive Telecom’s OlivePad VT100, which features a rather underwhelming 600MHz processor, 800 x 480 WVGA resolution, dual front-and-rear cameras, and a pairing of 512MB ROM / 512MB RAM. Also on board are Bluetooth, WiFi, accelerometer, GPS, USB-connectivity, and a microSD slot for expansion. Release dates still seem to be a mystery — Viewsonic will only say that review units will hit the post in early October — although pricing seems to have settled at “no more than” 350 pounds (about $540).
Interestingly enough, a quick browse through the archives seems to indicate that this is not in fact the first member of the ViewPad family (ignoring the dual-booting ‘ViewPad 10‘ we also covered last week). That honor would seem to go to the ViewPad 100 SuperPDA (pictured above), a 10-inch device with impressive 1024 x 768 resolution and not-so-impressive 206MHz processor. Still, for 2001, this early Windows CE 3.0-powered slate must have been rather revolutionary.