ViewSonic is a company perhaps better known for making monitors and other types of displays than for its Android-powered offerings, however it seems intent on changing that perception. Last year, it launched the ViewPad 7, which was the world’s first Android 2.2 Froyo tablet to have phone functionality built-in. Granted, it’s unclear how many people actually thought that was a useful feature in a tablet, but still… ViewSonic got their ‘world’s first’ title.
Now that we’re in 2011 and Honeycomb has surfaced, naturally one of the main shortcomings of the original ViewPad 7 is the OS version it runs. And ViewSonic has decided to do something about that. No, it won’t update the ViewPad 7 to Honeycomb (at least not that we’ve heard so far). Instead, ViewSonic has another ViewPad 7 on the way that will run Honeycomb – meet the ViewPad 7x.
No idea what that ‘x’ is supposed to stand for. But anyway, the new tablet has a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, two cameras (one on the back, one on the front for video calls – there’s no 3D voodoo here). HSPA+ will also be in tow, as will whatever “greater support on the connectivity front” is supposed to mean.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7x weighs 380 grams, and will have an HDMI port and DLNA. Unfortunately, no pricing information has leaked yet, but the tablet is expected to be unveiled during Computex in Taiwan on May 31 – so we’ll probably find out all the remaining details about this tablet pretty soon anyway.
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