The headline may be a mouthful, but it says it all. ViewSonic, fresh off its ViewPad 7 Android tablet announcement, is showing the ViewPad 100, a dual-boot tablet PC running both Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 1.6, at IFA in Berlin.
Based solely specs, the ViewPad 100 resembles a typical netbook, complete with Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 16GB SSD. As for the display, the ViewPad sports a 10-inch LED capacitive touchscreen with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution.
The ViewPad also has two USB ports, WiFi, Bluetooth, accelerometer, and a front-racing 1.3 megapixel camera.
What’s missing? 3G support and a stylus. Also, the inclusion of Android 1.6 is disappointing, but that may have something to do with Android. Newer versions of Google’s mobile OS don’t work well with Atom processers. That may change with Android 3.0, codenamed “Gingerbread,” which many claim will be friendlier to tablet architecture than older Android versons. On the other hand, ViewSonic could ditch Android entirely and install Chrome, an OS that once upon a time Google claimed was intended for low-powered netbooks.
If ViewSonic does go with Chrome route, they had better hurry. The ViewPad is slated to ship to Europe in October.