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Engadget previews ViewSonic’s dual-boot Windows/Android tablet

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Not impressed with ViewSonic’s ViewPad 7? Maybe their 10-inch model, which dual-boots between Windows 7 and Android 1.6, will be more to your liking.

Good news first: the version of Windows running on the slate is indeed Windows 7, alleviating my concerns that it might be Windows Embedded Compact 7 instead. So if you’re interested in a device that can switch between a light, instant-on OS and a full desktop-style OS, this one has the potential to finally make that happen.

The bad news is that the version of Android running on the slate is 1.6, which is already considered several steps outdated. This is because it’s the most recent version that supports the x86 processor on the tablet, which is required for Windows 7. Not the worst compromise, but still a compromise.

The rest of the specs are typical netbook-level stuff: Intel Atom N455 processor, 1GB memory, 16GB SSD, 1024×600 10″ LCD. Interestingly, the front hardware buttons include home and back (and power) but not menu and search (available on-screen only), breaking from Android standard. While those missing buttons could be argued as being confusing or unneeded in Windows mode, they could have been used to fill out part of the old Microsoft spec for Tablet PCs, such as a dedicated button for Ctrl-Alt-Del.

Pop over to Engadget to check out more photos and their hands-on video.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at] notebooks.com

7 Comments

  1. Giacomo

    09/03/2010 at 1:21 am

    It is a my impression or this tablet is a rebranded Hugo Ortega’s “TEGA v2 Touch Tablet”?

    • Sumocat

      09/03/2010 at 6:00 am

      Ah, I couldn’t tell if it looked familiar or if these slates were just running together in my mind. They must be rebrands of the same ODM model.

  2. Tablet Monkey

    09/03/2010 at 9:04 pm

    It will be nice to have some options for those that aren’t in love with Apple. My Windows Tablet

  3. JohnCz

    09/06/2010 at 9:35 am

    Its okay but I prefer it just ran Windows 7 and didn’t have this dual boot thingy.

  4. amazon tablet

    12/01/2011 at 10:43 pm

    I hope the tablets get better with Windows 8. Currently there is no tablet like the Ipad due to Apple’s mobile iOS. Android definately can’t compare. Looking forward to the microsoft tablet.

  5. Windows Tablet

    01/16/2012 at 6:53 am

    Windows tablets will definetly be a big thing when Windows 8 is realsed. For now those models with Win 7 are not really a competition for iPad and Android tablets

  6. windows 8 tablets

    03/22/2012 at 1:27 pm

    I agree with Windows Tablet, when Windows 8 is released, there will be a large competition for market share. Apple is dominating currently.

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