Viewsonic Viewpad 10Pro Tablet release date expecting this month; cleared FCC today
There has been tablets running the Android operating system while there has also been tablets running the Windows 7 OS. Android tablets are great, but what happens when you need the full power of Windows? Enter Viewsonic’s ViewPad 10pro. This 10-inch tablet allows users to switch between Windows 7 and Android, perhaps providing users with the best of both worlds.
Running the 1.5 GHz Intel Oak Trail processor, the ViewPad 10Pro comes with a 10 inch display. However, one unique aspect of the 10Pro that also sets it apart from many a dual boot tablet PC we have seen earlier is that the ViewSonic tablet is not what we mean by a true blue Android tablet. This since the tablet has been designed to run Android in a Windows-based virtualization application. The ViewPad 10pro won FCC approval today for its Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities. FCC filings also include internal photos of the device, showing some low resolution shots of the ViewPad 10pro’s Intel Oak Trail 1.5GHz processor.
This is not a true blue dual-boot device though, since it runs Android in a Windows-based virtualization application, so you can rule out reaping the full rewards of a true blue Android tablet. I wonder what kind of strain the processor goes through with the virtualization process going on.
The rest of the details has been kept under wraps so that there is no inkling as to when we can expect the tablet in the market or at what price. Battery life is also of critical importance in a Windows tablet and is one feature that can make or break a Windows tablet. There is no idea as what sort of battery life we can expect out of the 10Pro.
We’re not sure who’s looking for a Windows 7 tablet right now with Windows 8 expected to launch in 2012. And although the ViewPad 10pro’s ability to run both Windows and Android is a cool feature, the device really just runs Android in a Windows-based virtualization app, so you don’t get the full benefits of a tablet OS.