ViewSonic E70

Just in case you haven't had enough Android hardware from Mobile Conference 2012, even little ol' ViewSonic had some stuff to show off. Along with demonstrating some of their stuff announced at CES, ViewSonic had a new tablet called the E100. Beyond its 9.1 mm profile and a decent 9.1-inch 1024 x 768 display, there's a single core 1 GHz processor under the hood. So, a bit underwhelming, yeah? Well, the Wi-Fi model will be retailing for $399, so it's got that much going for it. The E100 will be landing around late March, with a 3G version launching shortly thereafter. 

Following that, ViewSonic announced an even cheaper lower-end tablet called the E70. It's aiming for 150 Euros (which undercuts even the Kindle Fire and BlackBerry PlayBook) when it lands in Europe come Q2. The 7-inch device is also running Android 4.0 ICS on a modest single-core 1 GHz processor. ViewSonic implemented some light customizations on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it doesn't look like much more than the SPB shell. It still supports 1080p video output through HDMI, despite the low-end specs. It includes both micro and mini USB slots, which is kind of neat. The mini slot can be used for USB host functions (like popping in a thumb drive if you've got an adapter). 

There were also two phones, but we'll get to them in a sec. While it might seem like ViewSonic is lowballing on all fronts, they were also showing off their higher-end ViewPad 10pi, which was announced at CES. It's the a successor to their dual-booting Windows 7/Android tablet.  Anyone in the market for a super-cheap ICS tablet? How much lee-way are you willing to give these things in stability and performance for a lower pricetag? It's worth noting that both of these have capacitive buttons, even though one of the notable additions in Android 4.0 was shunting that responsibility to the software. How do you guys feel about that? Would you prefer dedicated keys, or have a smaller device footprint?

 

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