ViewSonic’s new ViewPad 10pi business tablet supports Windows and Android

by George Jones

January 11 2012

The ViewPad 10pi has Intel's Oak Trial z670 CPU at its core
The ViewPad 10pi has Intel's Oak Trial z670 CPU at its core

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – Having learned from its 2010 tablet release, Viewsonic shows off a much-improved dual-OS device tailored specifically for business.

ViewSonic showcased its new ViewPad 10pi tablet on the CES show floor.

This new tablet features a sharp-looking10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS display, and also allows consumers the ability to boot into a full-fledged Windows 7 experience or an instant-on Android environment.

Well aware of the criticism it received in 2011 for its first tablet releases, ViewSonic has made a dedicated effort to improve the overall experience by integrating state-of-the-art components.

Recognizing that the Windows 7 experience is still subpar in some ways for tablets, the manufacturer has also developed a custom OS layer that allows users to jump between Windows applications in a manner more similar to iOS or Android.

The ability to connect the ViewPad 10pi to compatible ViewSonic projectors via Wi-Fi makes it an interesting product for classrooms.

The new tablet’s specifications are:

  • Intel 1.5 GHz Oak Trail z670 processor
  • 2 GB RAM (expandable to 64GB)
  • Built-in Swype keyboard
  • 2 USB ports and SD slot
  • 3.2MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera

Potential downsides are the relatively high price tag of $849, and the fact that the ViewPad 10pi only runs the older Android 2.3 variant.

TabTimes will have a full review of the ViewPad 10pi in coming months.

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