ViewSonic ViewPad 10 Dual-Boot Available: Android Or Windows?

ViewSonic’s ViewPad 10 first came to our attention back in November of last year, when an announcement was made from the company that a 7 and 10-inch tablet would be on its way in the coming months. At that time information was a little sparse but today following on from the MWC last month, we can now give you more information on specs and pricing.

The ViewPad 10 aptly named because of its 10-inch touch screen display, is packed with some fantastic features such as a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of memory with expansion up to 32GB with a microSD card slot, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for that all important video chat. As well as this, the tablet will include Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and WiFi. But what makes ViewSonic’s offering a little different to others on the market, is that of “dual-booting.”

This for us is something that we touched on with the Acer Aspire One E100 Netbook of which we brought you details back in January. As BGR stated, the ViewPad 10 will give you the option of using either Android 1.6 giving you the benefit of getting onto Facebook, Twitter, sharing of photos, or Windows 7 therefore giving accessibility to programs such as Word, Excel, Adobe Arobat and Powerpoint.

In a statement from ViewSonic Americas, VP of Marketing Adam Hanin said, “The lines of professional and personal life are blurring, which creates a need for devices that are suited for both sides. The ViewPad 10 delivers just that by enabling users to merge business productivity with personal enjoyment anywhere, anytime. We are proud of our 10-year tablet history and are dedicated to further extending our tablet product portfolio to meet every individual need.”

In terms of pricing, the ViewPad 10 will be available in North America and will retail for $599 for a 16GB SSD, Windows 7 Home Premium package, or a slightly higher price of $679 for a 32GB SSD, Windows 7 Professional package.

What are your thoughts on having the option of dual-booting? Are you tempted and will you be happy to pay the above prices, or perhaps you would rather spend your pennies on an iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or HTC Flyer?