viewpad 2 ViewSonic launches the ViewPad 4 and V350 in Taiwan

On Tuesday, ViewSonic launched two new smartphones, although the company prefers to call one of them a tablet for some reason. Apparently ViewSonic has an arbitrary limit that devices with screens 4-inches and below are smartphones, whereas devices with screens 4.1-inches and above are tablets. As such we have the ViewPad 4, 4.1-inch "tablet" and the V350 3.5-inch smartphone.

Earlier today ViewSonic launched two new smartphones, although the company prefers to call one of them a tablet for some reason. Apparently ViewSonic has an arbitrary limit that devices with screens 4-inches and below are smartphones, whereas devices with screens 4.1-inches and above are tablets. As such we have the ViewPad 4, 4.1-inch "tablet" and the V350 3.5-inch smartphone.

viewpad 4 1 ViewSonic launches the ViewPad 4 and V350 in Taiwan

The ViewPad 4 is actually a pretty decent handset, even compared to most competitors as it sports a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 SoC which has been paired up with 512MB of RAM and 2GB of storage memory. Add to this an 800×480 4.1-inch capacitive touch screen, a 5 Megapixel camera with LED flash that shoots 720p video, a VGA resolution front camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, aGPS, every sensor you could ever need, a micro SD card slot and even a micro HDMI port and you got a pretty decent handset.

viewpad 4 3 ViewSonic launches the ViewPad 4 and V350 in Taiwan

However, it doesnät stop there though, as ViewSonic has kitted out the ViewPad 4 with a tri-band WDCMA radio which supports the 900, 1900 and 2100MHz frequencies and offers HSDPA speeds of up to 14.4Mbit/s. Thereäs of course support for quad band GSM as well, just in case. The battery is rated at 1,400mAh which is said to last up to 400h in standby. The handset measures 122x66x10mm (HxWxD) and weighs in at 143g.

viewpad 4 2 ViewSonic launches the ViewPad 4 and V350 in Taiwan

Overall the ViewPad 4 ticks most of the boxes it should tick to be a competitive Android smartphone, although for whatever reason ViewSonic decided to launch it with Android 2.2, but promises that itäll work with 2.3 without mentioning an actual date when the upgrade would become available. At least ViewSonic refrained from messing around too much with Android and itäs pretty much a stock build with a few extra apps thrown in, which is a good thing in our opinion.

viewpad 4 4 ViewSonic launches the ViewPad 4 and V350 in Taiwan

viewpad 4 5 ViewSonic launches the ViewPad 4 and V350 in Taiwan

The design of the handset itself is somewhat unusual with the silver part at the bottom with the ViewSonic logo on it. The tiny, side mounted power button is another strange design quirk and we can see this becoming a potential long term problem, as the one button you donät want to stop working on you is the power button. All said and done, it comes down to the price and ViewSonic has priced the ViewPad 4 at in Taiwan a very competitive NT$14,900 (S$641) which is all things considered more affordable than its competitors.