VP10e ViewSonic announces the ViewPad 10e

It's not easy to stay competitive in the world of tablets and we're a little bit perplexed about ViewSonic's latest model, the ViewPad 10e. Unlike its previous 10-inch models, the 10e has a 9.7-inch IPS panel with 1024×768 resolution, yes, that's the same as the iPad. The overall specification puts the ViewPad 10e in the affordable section which is at least something.

It's not easy to stay competitive in the world of tablets and we're a little bit perplexed about ViewSonic's latest model, the ViewPad 10e. Unlike its previous 10-inch models, the 10e has a 9.7-inch IPS panel with 1024×768 resolution, yes, that's the same as the iPad. The overall specification puts the ViewPad 10e in the affordable section which is at least something.

As you might already have guessed, the ViewPad 10e runs Android and in this case version 2.3/Gingerbread. It has a fairly old 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 based SoC at its core, so it's not going to be a performance monster. To this ViewSonic has added 512MB of DDR3 memory and 4GB of internal flash storage. There's of course also a microSD memory card slot for further storage expansion.

VP10e ViewSonic announces the ViewPad 10e

Connectivity options consists of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a micro USB port, a mini HDMI port and a 3.5mm headset jack. The HDMI port is limited to 720p output due to the older SoC which lacks the graphics capabilities of more modern ARM based solutions. There's also a front mounted 1.3Megapixel camera and the tablet has a G-sensor as well as a pair of stereo speakers and a microphone built in. The tablet weighs in at 620g and meastures 242x189x9mm. ViewSonic states that it sports a 5,400mAh battery but there was no mention of battery life in the press release beyond standby time which ViewSonic rates at 200h.

We should mention the fact that it doesn't appear to support the Android Market and instead ViewSonic has added support for the 1Mobile Market. It also comes pre-loaded with the Amazon Kindle app and ViewSonic's 3D UI. The ViewPad 10e should launch next month in the UK with other regions set to follow. No word on pricing as yet, but we're expecting it to be one of the most affordable devices in its size that's from a brand name manufacturer.