ViewSonic announces sub $200 Android tablet, available in October

By on October 25, 2011, 11:30 AM

ViewSonic has announced that they will be releasing their ViewPad 7e tablet in North America by the end of October and Latin America in November. The 7-inch portable will ship with an estimated suggested price of just $199.99, the same as Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

Specifications on the 7e include a screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, a 1GHz single core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage (an additional 32GB can be added via microSD card), a micro HDMI port and a 3MP rear camera as well as a 0.3MP front-facing cam, all running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. There is also support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, although there’s no word yet if a 3G version will be offered. Batterly life is listed at only five hours on a full charge.

On the software side, ViewSonic is quick to point out a few key features and applications that come pre-loaded on the tablet. Amazon Services and Amazon Kindle for Android are both pre-installed, as are Twitter, TuneIn Radio and WildTangent games. ViewSonic has also spruced up the default Gingerbread interface with their ViewScene 3D UI which is said to bring “holographic visual effects” to the home screen.

RiteTouch technology allows you to write directly on the tablet, select and highlight as well as zoom in and out of content using either a finger or a stylus (no word if the latter is included). A Swype keyboard comes standard which should let you compose messages faster than a standard tablet keyboard.

Amazon’s Kindle Fire, on the other hand, still seems like a slightly better product, at least on paper. The Fire features a dual-core processor, a 1024 x 600 resolution IPS display and 8GB of internal storage. More importantly, the Fire will have access to Amazon’s vast array of services. Amazon’s tablet will begin shipping on November 15.

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Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

For my money I like the Kindle Fire much better. I just bought an Asus Transformer, so that will keep me going for a while, but once the reviews start coming in for the Fire I may get one as well (assuming it is as nice as everyone says it will be).

Guest said:

I wouldn't mind the ASUS, how do you like it?

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

I wouldn't mind the ASUS, how do you like it?

I'm loving it so far. There are still quite a few things I need to learn about Android, as it seems to be quite different from iOS, but I'm beginning to get used to it. Physically, the quality is excellent, and the design is very tasteful.

I do have one gripe about it, though the fault isn't with Asus. Most all of the cases I've seen for the Transformer use a magnetic clasp, which completely gimps the TF101's internal compass. The very few cases that don't have a magnetic clasp are either extremely cheap (in terms of quality), or prohibitively expensive. I've decided that I'm going to order one of the magnetic cases, remove the magnets, and add a snap or band clasp. Seems like a lot of trouble to go to to have a functional case, but at this time I don't see many alternatives.

DokkRokken said:

I'm happy to see more 7" tablets getting into the market. I gave my iPad to my ol' folks, and now exclusively use a Playbook for my business/reporting duties. The form factor still allows for great productivity, and being able to keep it in my inside jacket pocket and whipping it out quickly to take notes is just great. I can imagine anyone running an Android 7" would be even happier.

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

That cost less than my bionic :/

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