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Viewsonic Intros Dual Booting Viewpad 10 Tablet

Viewsonic has launched two new tablets, the Viewpad 7 and Viewpad 10 with the later sporting with a major twist; the ability to run two OSes.

That's right, the Viewpad 10 comes with Windows 7 Home Premium and Android OS, albeit the old 1.6 model. It comes with an Intel Atom N455 processor clocked at 1.66GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, GPS, 3G, a 3-megapixel camera, two USB ports, a VGA output and a 10-inch capacitive 1024x600 pixels touchscreen.

However, there's no support for Flash 10.1 at the moment and future versions of Android won't support the platform until further notice.

As for the Viewpad 7, it is an entirely different beast since it is essentially an ARMdroid device, one powered by an ARM 11 processor running at 600MHz with 512MB RAM but no internal storage unlike most tablets on the market.

Unlike its bigger brother though, it comes with Android OS 2.2, a front-facing webcam and weighs a mere 375g; as for the screen, it is a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen model with a WVGA resolution.

VIewsonic is offering a trade in scheme which allows users to swap their old netbooks or laptops for discounts on the tablets.

Buyers of the 10-inch model will get a £125 discount while 7-inch ones will attract a £100 discount, bringing the price of the 10-inch down to £385 and the 7-inch to £299 respectively.

You must however purchase the items from a participating retailer to get the discount and the PSU and battery must still be working. Both models can be purchased from Expansys (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.