ViewSonic officially announced its new 7-inch Android tablet, the ViewPad 7, which also doubles as a smartphone. The new device sports a massive 7-inch capacitive touchscreen for onscreen navigation and input as well as offering speedy 3G connectivity for voice and data. The ViewPad 7 is backed by Android 2.2 Froyo and features a front facing VGA camera for internet calling and a 3mp shooter around back. Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, a USB port, and a microSD expansion card slot are also on-board.
The ViewPad 7 from Viewsonic is expected retail for no more than £350 ($539) when it goes on sale in October.
Next week at IFA in Berlin, Germany, ViewSonic is expected to launch two new Android tablets. The ViewPads, as the company has hinted they will be called, will come in both 7-inch and 10-inch flavors. Both devices are expected offer speedy 3G and WiFi connectivity, dual cameras, microSD support, GPS, and a USB port.
According to www.imsresearch.com, suppliers of detailed, quality market research to the global electronics industry, Apple and Google will together capture 75 percent of the tablet computer market through 2010. This market is expected to be worth $3.6 billion this year. This leaves plenty of room for others to get involved too.
IMS analyst Anna Hunt expects that Google’s Android will take up 24 percent of the market, roughly half of Apple and more than double of what Windows 7 is expected to do. Aside from size dimensions, what makes for a tablet as opposed to a smartphone is something I have yet to understand. [...]