Available at 399.99 dollars, the Viewsonic ViewPad 10E finally has some official tech specs next to its name, but these are, to put it mildly, pretty unimpressive. Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread (seriously, ViewPad?), the slate will sport a 9.7-inch multi-touch IPS screen with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution.
While the likes of Asus and Acer are preparing tablets powered by quad-core processors, the ViewPad 10E features a ‘’powerful’’ still unspecified 1 GHz chipset. If it’s unspecified, there’s a good possibility for it to be single-core, which would be pretty slow in terms of gaming or multimedia performance.
Other features include 512 MB of RAM, a 1.3 MPx front-facing camera, as well as a bunch of ports and connectivity options, including mini HDMI, micro USB, a micro SD card slot, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1.
No rear-facing camera, as far as we can tell, and the internal storage space is itself pretty disappointing, with just 4 GB to go around. As for the battery, the official list of features says that it supports ‘’5 ½ hours video playback’’, which in reality might mean more like four, four and a half hours of autonomy.
In terms of design, on the other hand, the Viewsonic ViewPad 10E doesn’t look half bad, having a somewhat classy, retro and elegant overall look. The slate weighs 1.37 pounds and measures 0.26 inches thick, which once again is not too shabby.
As I already mentioned, Viewsonic’s latest tablet effort is set to cost 399.99 dollars, but for the time being you can only pre-order the 10-incher. No official shipping date has been announced by the guys at Amazon, but you’ll probably get it in a few weeks or so if you decide to buy it.
All in all, the Viewsonic ViewPad 10E is not the worst tablet I have seen lately, but it’s certainly not the greatest either and might benefit from a serious price cut, considering some of its direct opponents, both current and due to be released in the near future.