With the recent announcement of Apple’s latest device, the iPhone 4S, a lot of media attention has turned toward the smartphone market. In the meantime the tablet market has been keeping busy and ViewSonic has just announced their new ViewPad 10e tablet which they will be hoping will give the iPad a run for its money.
The 9.7” tablet has exactly the same size display as the iPad 2, is just 9.1mm thick and weighs just 620g making it one of the lightest and thinnest tablets on the market. While it may sound fragile, the ViewPad 10e is far from weak boasting a 1GHz Cortex A8 processing chip and 4GB of DDR3 memory. For a relatively inexperienced manufacturer of tablet, these features are something ViewSonic can be proud of, but when compared to the best tablets on the market today it is lagging behind.
For starters the operating system is Android 2.3 Gingerbread as opposed to the latest optimized tablet OS Android 3.0 Honeycomb. When compared to Samsung’s similarly sized tablet, the 10.1” Galaxy Tab, apart from having a smaller display the ViewPad 10e also is slightly thicker and heavier, with the Galaxy Tab being just 8.6mm and weighs 565g. Similarly it weighs more than the iPad 2 which is just 601g and 8.8mm thick, meaning Apple’s device is also thinner.
According to TechRadar the ViewPad 10e will come with Amazon Kindle pre-installed has a customizable 3D style user interface feature called ViewScene 3D. While there is no word on pricing as of yet, the tablet is set for release in the UK in early November and judging from the lack of high-end specs we’re hoping it will cost a lot less money than the iPad 2.
What do you think of the ViewSonic ViewPad 10e? Will it be able to compete with the iPad or will it become just another victim of Apple’s device?