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Pictures : Viewsonic Announces Viewpad 10s Android Tablet

Viewsonic added another tablet to its line up with this model being based on Google's Android operating system at CES 2011.

Unlike the previous ViewPad 10, the ViewPad 10s runs on Android 2.2, comes with an Nvidia Tegra 250 dual core Cortex A9 system on chip clocked at 1GHz; no more dual-boot configuration.

Switching to an ARM-based configuration means that it is both thinner and lighter than the previous version plus it comes with Viewsonic's own proprietary operating system.

It comes with 512MB RAM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a microSD card reader 1080p HDMI, GPS plus a front facing camera. The screen is a traditional 10.1-inch, 1024x600 capacitive touchscreen display.

A quick hands-on the product demoed at Viewsonic's booth at CES proved to be a good one; the ViewPad 10s is sleek, Angry Birds plays wonderfully well thanks to the Tegra 250.

Unfortunately, there's no access to Google's Android Market, something that will come with the next version, Honeycomb.

Viewsonic hasn't confirmed when the Viewpad 10s will be released nor what price it will carry but we suspect it will be around £300 like the Advent Vega.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.