Viewsonic quietly introduces ViewPad97i Pro Windows tablet
ViewSonic’s latest tablet features a 9.7 inch display, an Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB solid state disk. It’s designed to run Windows — but this isn’t a Windows 8 tablet like the upcoming Asus Vivo Tab, HP Envy X2, or Lenovo ThinkPad 2.
Instead, the ViewSonic ViewPad97i Pro is a Windows 7 tablet. It’s not widely available in the US yet, but the company has posted a listing for a single unit on eBay with a starting bid price of $488.
The ViewSonic Viewpad97i Pro features a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor, a 1024 x 768 pixel IPS display, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a front-facing 1.3MP camera.
It has a capacitive touchscreen, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot and a mini HDMI port.
The tablet has a 4900mAh battery, measures 9.7″ x 7.5″ x 0.6″ and weighs 2.2 pounds.
Basically, it’s a netbook without a keyboard. It should be able to run Windows 8 at least as well as it runs Windows 7. But since the tablet doesn’t have a 1366 x 768 pixel or higher resolution display, you’ll need to connect an external display if you want to take advantage of full-screen window snapping and a few other new features.
Viewsonic also launched the ViewPad 97i Pro in China earlier this month.