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.
Looks like Brad missed a rather important point here – the main reason why N2600 tablets (there are quite a few out there now, I have one almost identical to this by Jetway/Bben) still ship with Windows 7 and not 8 is because Intel REFUSE to release a driver for the N2600/N2800 graphics chip for any OS other than Windows 7 x86. They haven’t even released an x64 driver, even though the N2600 supports 64-bit. If you install Windows 8, you will have no hardware video acceleration (= no HD video playback), no 3D support, etc.
It has twice the RAM and twice the storage of an iPad (although probably less battery life, and I can’t say anything about build quality), and it runs the full Windows 7 operating system. What would you expect it to cost?
I wish manufacturers introducing 10″ tablets would use full size SD card slots, USB ports, and HDMI ports. There’s plenty of room for these. Dongles are a great annoyance. Of these, I consider SD slots the most important. SDXC cards are now available for 128 GB capacity, while microSDHC maxes out currently at 32 GB.
Maybe 32 GB is sufficient for Android, but Windows 7 or 8 devices need all the storage they can get, especially given the paltry SSDs included with the tablets.
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