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iPad 2 Rival Alert: Viewsonic Unveils Budget 10-inch Tablet With IPS Screen

Viewsonic has announced the launch of a new Android-based tablet, the ViewPad 10e, which has the same screen ratio, the same screen size and the same screen resolution as the Apple iPad (and the now defunct HP TouchPad tablet).

The screen is an IPS-model which means that it should be significantly brighter and display more vibrant colours than other similarly priced tablets.

Interestingly, the ViewPad also comes with a Cortex A8 SoC clocked at 1GHz, which is remarkably similar to the iPad. At 9.1mm thick and weighing only 620g, it is similar in size to Apple's original tablet but comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread (instead of the more common tablet platform, Honeycomb).

The rest of the specifications are decent but not ground-breaking; there's 512MB RAM, 4GB onboard storage (expandable to 36GB using a 32GB microSD card), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera, a micro USB and HDMI port and three touch sensitive buttons.

Viewsonic hasn't confirmed the launch price of the ViewPad 10e but according to sources in Germany, the tablet should go on sale for around £220 which is around 40 per cent less than the iPad, but much more than say, the Archos Arnova 10G2 or the Hannspree Hannspad tablet.

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.