ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro Windows and Android Dual-Boot Oak Trail Tablet Specs
ViewSonic has been showing off an early version of the ViewPad 10Pro tablet for the last few months, but this week at Computex the tablet is getting a more formal introduction. At Computex, the company has officially unveiled the first dual-OS tablet, the ViewPad 10Pro. The device runs Windows 7 Professional and is able to run Android Apps, thanks to Blue Stacks virtualization. It allows users to switch between the two operating systems instantly, without having to restart or shut down the device.
This old acquaintance runs Windows 7 as the main OS and offers the option to switch to Android 2.2 Froyo (I know, bad choice) via Bluestacks virtualization software, so it’s not quite a dual-boot tablet in the typical sense. The 10 inch screen hasn’t revealed its resolution, but I’m betting on 1280 x 800 pixels.
Anything less would be a bad choice from Viewsonic. Because it runs Windows 7, the ViewPad 10Pro uses an Intel Atom Oak Trail Z670 processor @1.5GHz that’s x86 compatible. 32 GB of onboard memory are used for storage. A 3G modem is offered for anytime connectivity, but will require a data plan. The 3500 mAh battery is said to last around 4.5 hours of Full HD playback, which is inline with most laptops sold today.
ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro currently has no launch date, but BlueStacks has noted that IT will be hitting retail “soon” and has tipped that a Q3 launch for products running its system is in the works.
The less-than-exciting element here is that this ViewSonic device will not have Android Market support. But you know as well as I do that with markets like Amazon’s Appstore ramping up, such a thing will be of little concern in the future.
“Last month Deloitte predicted, in its annual sector forecast, that UK companies will buy more than 10 million tablet devices in 2011,” said Derek Wright, product marketing manager at ViewSonic Europe.
“We have continued to invest in our strategic partnerships with Microsoft and Google,” Alan Chang, ViewSonic Managing Director of Europe and Asia-Pacific said in a press release. “At Computex, you will see that ViewSonic is not content with standing still.”