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Friday, August 19, 2011

Dual OS Tablet : Windows and Android ViewPad 10Pro Tablet


Here finally is a tablet that can rid you of all the grouse that you may have had so far of tablet PCs running Window. That too without having to give up on Android. Welcome the new ViewPad 10Pro from ViewSonic that dual boots both Android and Windows. The 10 inch tablet with an Intel Atom Oak Trail processor was being showcased by ViewSonic since early this year and now it seems its finally ready to hit the streets.

One of the biggest pluses with the ViewPad 10Pro is its battery life that has gained a degree of respectability, which in turn can be attributed to the use of Intel Z670 Atom processor based on the Oak Trail platform with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. Run-time is touted to be in the range of 8 hours on a single charge which is a couple of hours more than what Wintel tablets are generally known for.

Another big advantage of the ViewPad 10Pro is its ability to run both Android and Windows application.  Also, even though the tablet runs both the Windows and Android operating systems, yet the device is not a dual boot one in the truest sense since you won’t be required to reboot in order to switch between the two OSs. Instead, a tap on an icon is all that is needed to switch between the two. This since the base operating system is Windows with Android running over it as a virtualized layer over Windows. ViewSonic attributes this feature to the use of a software named BlueStacks.

As for its specs, the ViewPad 10Pro comes with a 1024 X 600 pixel 10.1 inch screen based on capacitive multitouch technology. The tablet includes a 2 GB RAM and can support up to 32 GB of max storage capacity. For output the tablet has HDMI out port and it can playback 1080p HD video. It also has support for 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

There are two version of the tablet — one which runs Windows 7 Home Premium and Android 2.3 and is priced at $599, while the other at $699 has a 32 GB SSD running Windows 7 Professional along with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
However, the tablet still runs the risk of skitling out of public memory soon as the world has moved on since the tablet was first announced. Its Windows 8 that we are looking forward to and the new Windows version is making all the right noises so far. Android too has made steady progress so that its the tablet optimized Honeycomb version that is doing the rounds now and its Ice Cream Sandwich that is next in the pipeline. But who knows, the tablet might be upgradeable to both the new versions of Android and Windows.


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