ViewSonic has launched a new 10-inch tablet which allows users to dual boot Microsoft Windows and Google Android OSes. The tablet is called the ViewSonic ViewPad 10i and users can run Windows 8 or Android 4.2. Early price indications show the tablet to be priced just over US$500.
The ViewPad 10i is powered by one of Intel's Bay Trail processors. In this case it is the Intel Celeron Processor N2910 (2M Cache, 1.60GHz). This processor has four cores and a max TDP of 7.5W (SDP 4.5W). The graphics processor is an Intel HD Graphics unit with a maximum clock speed of 756MHz. The device has 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. You also have a microSD card slot available for storing/sharing files.
Looking at the screen, another vital component for a tablet, the 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch display uses 1280 x 800 pixels. The display uses IPS technology to offer wide viewing angles.
The rest of the specs are decidedly humdrum. Standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is on offer. You will get about six hours of use out of this slab between charges and a distinctly so-so sounding 2MP rear and front camera combination is on offer.
ViewSonic ViewPad 10i specs
- Screen size: 10.1 inches, 1280×800 pixels, capacitive multi-touch IPS screen
- Processor: Intel Celeron N2910 Bay Trail Quad-Core
- Operating system: Android 4.2 + Windows 8 dual system
- System Memory: 2GB
- Storage capacity: 64GB SSD Solid State Drive
- Camera: dual cameras (front: 2MP, rear: 2MP)
- Wi-Fi features: 802.11b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth
- Battery: 7,000mAh - about 6 hours
- Data interface: 1 × USB 2.0 Micro
- Sound Technology: Built-in speaker
- Weight: 650 g
ViewSonic apparently has previous experience creating a dual-boot Win/Droid tablet as long ago as in 2011 when it launched the ViewPad 10 (without the 'i'). We know that device let you dual boot Windows 7 and Android 1.5 (but was updated to 2.2 Froyo).
Liliputing reports that some similar dual-boot devices are in planning by other companies including one from MicroMax this coming summer.