Potential tablet owners interested in a touch-friendly mobile device that don’t want to splurge $500 on a high-end product, will be happy to know that ViewSonic and Leader International have unveiled two new budget tablets.
The ViewPad 7e, from ViewSonic, will retail for $200. Powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the 7-inch tablet will pack a 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage, which will be expandable to 32GB via the microSD slot. The device will feature an 800 x 600 LED backlit multitouch display that will support RiteTouch, which allows users to write on the screen with a stylus. ViewSonic touts the tablet as an entertainment device perfect for surfing the web, reading and mobile amusement. The ViewPad 7e will support Flash 10.3, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Equipped with a 3MP rear-facing camera and a 0.3 front shooter, the tablet will also feature an HDMI port that supports 1080p HD video.
The ViewPad 7e will come pre-loaded with TuneIn Radio, MediaFly and Dropbox, in addition to ViewSonic’s 3D interface for Android, known as ViewScene 3D. ViewSonic’s latest slate will be available by the end of the month.
The $179 Impression 7 tablet, also known as the I7, will also sport a 7-inch display, though this screen will have a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and resistive, rather than capacitive, touch input. Resistive technology is less expensive, and it requires pressure from touch to register inputs. One main drawback is that it does not support multi-touch and multi-finger gestures. Powered by a 1GHz processor, the Impression 7 tablet will come with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. The tablet will feature two USB 2.0 ports, as well as a microSD card slot. Unlike the ViewPad 7e, this tablet will run Android 2.2 Froyo, an operating system originally designed for smartphones. The Impression 7 slate will offer a 0.3MP front-facing camera and support for Wi-Fi.
Neither tablet is expected to have access to the official Android Market.
Leader International also announced the Impression 10, a 10-inch that will retail alongside the I7 for $349 that we reviewed last month. Both tablets will launch in November.