ViewSonic’s last foray into Android was a device that was outdated out of the box. When ViewSonic’s next tablet arrives, however, it’s positioned to be a trendsetter and the very first of its kind.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 10 had the unique ability to boot into either Windows 7 or Android. But until a recent upgrade to Froyo, the ViewPad 10 was running Android 1.6 (Donut), an OS that was dated when the ViewSonic debuted back in February, and is downright ancient at this point considering Android’s speedy update schedule.
The next device in the ViewSonic pipeline is more intriguing than the ViewPad 10, being a technological forerunner rather than relying on kitsch. The ViewSonic 7x will be the first 7-inch tablet to run Google’s latest and greatest OS just for tablets, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). The 7x’s first-place finish for Honeycomb in the 7-inch division is dependent on the HTC Flyer not figuring itself out and receiving its Honeycomb upgrade (the Flyer is launching with Gingerbread) before the 7x hits shelves.
In addition to its Honeycomb OS, other details on the 7x include a Tegra-2 processor, HSPA+ (4G), Wi-Fi, an HDMI port, and it is rumored to come in on the scales at .84 lbs. The 7x can also be expected to have some of the other tablet staples, like cameras and Bluetooth, however information on these and other features is not yet available.
The 7x is expected to debut at Computex this May and ship sometime in June.