ViewSonic Shows Off Dual-boot Windows 7 / Android ViewPad 100 Tablet at IFA 2010

As you’re aware there is no shortage of Android tablets being shown at IFA 2010. However, there’s probably only one that has been designed to run Window 7 as its primary OS and boot into Android for kicks. It’s no surprise, however, that Android-x86 outlasts Windows 7 in terms of battery life. The rep says one can expect 4-5 hours with Windows 7 and 7-8 hours with Android from the ViewPad 100. All ViewSonic needs to do now is make the dual-boot experience a bit more intuitive and attractive than the default Windows boot menu. Quick specs: Intel Atom N455 1.6Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM, 10.1-inch (1024×600) capacitive touchscreen, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1.3MP webcam, mini VGA out, micro SD (up to 32GB), Wi-Fi, 16GB SSD. This tablet will be available this October in Europe for 549 Euros (about $700). A demo of the device in action from the IFA show floor is attached below.


ViewSonic unleash world’s first dual-boot Android and Windows 10-inch Tablet at IFA

3 September 2010, IFA, Berlin – ViewSonic has announced the launch of the world’s first dual-boot tablet, the ViewPad 100. With a 10” screen, the ViewPad 100 incorporates both a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6.

The combination of operating systems means that users have the speed and portability of an Android-based OS without sacrificing the power and compatibility of a Windows powered system. Users can quickly check their emails or browse the internet with Android while still being able to rely on the traditional PC experience that a full Windows environment provides, such as USB connectivity, video output via mini VGA, Adobe Flash support and the ability to create presentations and word documents from scratch.

With a lightweight design, the ViewPad 100 is ideal for anyone who needs a portable computing solution. It features a built-in 16GB SSD, giving faster boot-up and read/write times than standard HDDs, as well as an energy-efficient Intel Atom N455 1.66Ghz processor with 1GB DDR3 RAM, providing users with longer battery life.

“We want to supply users with a tablet computer that incorporates both Android and Windows as we believe in providing an open approach to mobile technology to users who may not wish to be tied to a specific operating system,” says Derek Wright, European Product Marketing Manager. “The ViewPad 100 is aimed at those who want the speed and portability of Android without losing the advantages of having a Windows-based system. We recognise many users may be transitioning from a netbook but will possibly struggle with the learning curve of a new OS, even for simple tasks as uploading photos or using a VPN. Eventually they may choose to favour one over the other, but they will always have the choice.”

The user experience is further enhanced by a high quality capacitive multi-touch display based on a 10” 1024 x 600 LED panel as well as built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections and a G-sensor that reorients the screen depending on how the device is held. Additional features include a Micro SD slot for up to 32GB of storage, Assisted GPS for navigation, two USB 2.0 connections and a built in 1.3M webcam.

ViewSonic will be showing the ViewPad 100 at its stand at IFA 2010, in Berlin, Hall 14.1 stand 107.

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