Skip to main content

ViewSonic announces ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 tablets

Image used with permission by copyright holder

ViewSonic has formally announced it is bringing its ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10 tablet computing devices to the U.S. market—and the 10-inch version will be able to book either Android 1.6 or Windows 7 Home Premium.

“Leveraging our 20-year display heritage, these new ViewPad solutions provide users with anytime anywhere connectivity,” said ViewSonic America’s VP and general manager Jeff Volpe, in a statement. “With access to the universe of Android apps, our new ViewPads are perfectly suited for enjoying digital entertainment and social media. Office productivity is also a snap with robust Web browsing functionality.”

The ViewPad 7 tablet sports an 800 by 480-pixel WVGA LCD display, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, USB, two built-in cameras (a three-megapixel camera for pictures and a front-facing VGA camera for video chat), a microSDHC slot for up to 32GB of removable storage, 512MB of memory, and battery life of up to 10 hours. The ViewPad 7 will also sport 3.5-G-capable mobile data technology—that would be HSPA+—and can support Android Google Mobile Services, meaning users can tap into Android apps specifically for phones and mobile devices. The ViewPad 7 will run Android 2.2 “Froyo” and should hit U.S. retailers in “late Q4” for a suggested price of $479—putting it just under the price point of Apple’s least expensive, Wi-Fi-only iPad. Although, of course, if folks want mobile connectivity they’ll have to figure out how to get on a data plan.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

ViewSonic originally showed the ViewPad 7 last August at the IFA trade show in Berlin; at the time, the company did not reveal pricing or availability information.

Folks looking to step up to a bigger screen may want to check out the ViewPad 10, but they’ll also have to wait a while longer, since it’s not due to be on sale until the first quarter of 2011. The ViewPad 10 is built around a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor and will be able to boot either Android 1.6 or Windows 7 Home Premium. The ViewPad 10 will offer 1 GB of memory, a 16 GB SSD drive, microSD removable storage, and will sport a 1,024 by 600-pixel display. The ViewPad 10 will include integrated Wi-Fi, a “G-sensor,” and capacitive multitouch for interacting with content and applications. The ViewPad 10 will also sport a 1.3 megapixel webcam. ViewSonic says more detailed specs will be coming soon, but the ViewPad 10 will carry a suggested price of $629.

Geoff Duncan
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Geoff Duncan writes, programs, edits, plays music, and delights in making software misbehave. He's probably the only member…
AI turned Breaking Bad into an anime — and it’s terrifying
Split image of Breaking Bad anime characters.

These days, it seems like there's nothing AI programs can't do. Thanks to advancements in artificial intelligence, deepfakes have done digital "face-offs" with Hollywood celebrities in films and TV shows, VFX artists can de-age actors almost instantly, and ChatGPT has learned how to write big-budget screenplays in the blink of an eye. Pretty soon, AI will probably decide who wins at the Oscars.

Within the past year, AI has also been used to generate beautiful works of art in seconds, creating a viral new trend and causing a boon for fan artists everywhere. TikTok user @cyborgism recently broke the internet by posting a clip featuring many AI-generated pictures of Breaking Bad. The theme here is that the characters are depicted as anime characters straight out of the 1980s, and the result is concerning to say the least. Depending on your viewpoint, Breaking Bad AI (my unofficial name for it) shows how technology can either threaten the integrity of original works of art or nurture artistic expression.
What if AI created Breaking Bad as a 1980s anime?
Playing over Metro Boomin's rap remix of the famous "I am the one who knocks" monologue, the video features images of the cast that range from shockingly realistic to full-on exaggerated. The clip currently has over 65,000 likes on TikTok alone, and many other users have shared their thoughts on the art. One user wrote, "Regardless of the repercussions on the entertainment industry, I can't wait for AI to be advanced enough to animate the whole show like this."

Read more
4 simple pieces of tech that helped me run my first marathon
Garmin Forerunner 955 Solar displaying pace information.

The fitness world is littered with opportunities to buy tech aimed at enhancing your physical performance. No matter your sport of choice or personal goals, there's a deep rabbit hole you can go down. It'll cost plenty of money, but the gains can be marginal -- and can honestly just be a distraction from what you should actually be focused on. Running is certainly susceptible to this.

A few months ago, I ran my first-ever marathon. It was an incredible accomplishment I had no idea I'd ever be able to reach, and it's now going to be the first of many I run in my lifetime. And despite my deep-rooted history in tech, and the endless opportunities for being baited into gearing myself up with every last product to help me get through the marathon, I went with a rather simple approach.

Read more
This bracelet helps you fall asleep faster and sleep longer

This content was produced in partnership with Apollo Neuroscience.
Have you been struggling to get the recommended seven hours of sleep? It's always frustrating when you get in bed at a reasonable time, then toss and turn for a hours before you actually sleep. The quality of that sleep is important too. If you're waking up multiple times during the night, you're likely not getting the quality REM cycle sleep that truly rejuvenates your body. If traditional remedies like herbal teas and noise machines just aren't helping, maybe it's time to try a modern solution. Enter the Apollo wearable.

Now we understand being a little skeptical. How can a bracelet on your wrist or ankle affect your sleep patterns? Certainly the answer to a better night's sleep can't be so simple. We considered these same things when we first heard of it. We'll dive deeper into the science behind the Apollo wearable, but suffice it to say that many people have experienced deeper, uninterrupted sleep while wearing one.
A non-conventional approach to better sleep

Read more