ViewSonic Tablet to Dual-boot Windows 7 & Android 1.6

ViewSonic today announced the specification details on their ViewPad 100. The device will run both Windows 7 and the older 1.6 version of Android. This is very disappointing news for the tablet.

It will be a very powerful tablet if you look down the hardware specification list:

  • 10-inch screen (1024 x 600)
  • Intel Atom N455 1.66Ghz
  • 1GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 16GB SSD
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • G-sensor
  • A-GPS
  • 2 USB ports
  • MiniVGA and microSD card slot
  • 1.3MP webcam

All of that points towards a device very capable of running not only 2.2, but 3.0 and beyond! It still confuses me why a company would want to release a tablet with an OS that doesn’t run Flash. Especially when it could if they wanted it to. Of course for your Flash needs you could boot into Windows 7 with this device, but doesn’t that make the Android side of the device seem a bit obsolete?

[via engadget]

  • http://www.cjmillisock.com CJ Millisock

    Agreed. I would buy this if it ran the latest version of Android.

  • http://blog.bonuslevel.co.uk Mike Taylor

    @CJ Same dude. We’ll see how upgrade-able the device in time I’m sure.

  • Gabriel Féron

    The answer is very simple, this is because they are using http://www.androidx86.org/ to put Android on a this x86 architecture!

  • http://blog.bonuslevel.co.uk Mike Taylor

    @Edward Thanks Edward! Love getting kind words. Especially when I’m the new boy on the books.

  • Richard

    I am almost going to buy it, But if it dosen’t play flash player I never buy it.

  • Paul W

    It’s clear ViewSonic is just desperately trying to get attention for its product, given the glut of tablets we’ll soon be inundated with. Shipping Android 1.6 today should be a major embarrassment, but I guess it worked out for them given the press attention they’re getting.

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