ViewSonic has announced a new line of budget tablets that could unsettle the NOOK Color as the dominant force of small, cheap Android devices. The first product in this new line, the ViewBook 730, is currently hurtling toward release.
As of the end of March, it was rumored that Barnes & Noble had shipped three million NOOK Colors, putting the eReader-turned-Android-tablet in the upper echelon of tablet sales, in the diamond club (which is nowhere near the iPad club, but still pretty good).
Barnes & Noble’s success with the NOOK Color came from its unique position: it was offering a nearly fully functional Android tablet with respectable hardware at a pittance of a price. ViewSonic is adopting this model, and the ViewBook 730 will soon arrive as a potentially major threat to the NOOK Color.
ViewBook 730 Specs
The ViewBook 730 will feature a 7-inch 800 x 480 screen, Android 2.2 (Froyo), and a 1GHz ARM Cortex-8 processor. It offers a respectable amount of internal storage, coming with 8GB and expandable to 32GB with its microSD card slot.
The ViewBook 730 will also have an HDMI port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ViewSonic is promising eight hours of battery life. It has not been announced whether or not the ViewBook 730 will be granted access to the Android Market.
Price and Availability
Customers can expect the ViewBook 730 by the end of June, when it will be available for $250.
Source: Tom’s Guide