Viewsonic throws its hat into the sub-$200 tablet ring with the ViewPad 7e

Viewsonic has announced the ViewPad 7e (check out our hands-on) -- a Gingerbread running tablet that checks in just under $200.  With a 7-inch 800x600 screen, a 1GHz ARM A8 CPU, front and rear cameras (.3MP and 3MP respectively) and the ViewScene 3D interface on top of Android 2.3, this looks to be a player in the same market space as the Kindle Fire.  Much like the Fire, the ViewPad 7e comes preloaded with "Amazon Services" (we assume this means the Amazon Appstore and MP3 Store) and the Kindle application, as well as games from Wild Tangent, Twitter, and Tune-in Radio.  There is no mention of the Android Market or other Google services.

Unlike the Kindle Fire, the ViewPad 7e comes with 4GB on-board storage and a microSD card slot for use with cards up to 32GB, which will appeal to a whole lot of people who need or want their removable storage.  The ViewPad 7e will be available in North America at the end of October for $199.99, with Latin America to follow shortly after in November.

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  • The navigation buttons look atrocious, but for the price I imagine that I could live with them.
  • meh - might be good for the kids
  • What about the Viewsonic Viewpad 7X with honeycomb? When is that getting released, I thought it was supposed to be released at the beginning of October?
  • Don't hold your breath, VS support sucks tremendously. By the time the product gets on the market VS will already be moving on to something else all they want to do is make a quick Buck. I had purchased gTablet, it had an update on it that had broken HD as well as a few other issues. VS had this update on availability for ota and pulled it in 24 hours (that was April) never came out with new ota update nor made any attempts to fix. Staples had recalled these and sent themack to VS, I am assuming Vs put this 4349 update on them and then pawned them off to consumer. They still have 4349 updates to this date AND WILL NOT DO ANYTHING BUT MAKE EXCUSES. Please run as fast as possible from any tablets made by Vieesonic, you will soon be heartbroken if you don't. Just ask on gtab owner. Check out This is VS version of support for gTablet.
  • 800x600? I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
  • Then... go buy a $600 tablet instead of this one?
  • Good to see cheaper tabs hit the market. If they sell good they may force higher end models to drop price
  • i THINK they got it wrong everything i can fine says 1024x600 still not the best but still i was thinking about getting a fire just as a cheap tablet.. but this should work better.. mini HDMI is nice SD slot .. about the only thing i wish this had was a dual core..
  • Not sure where you found 1024x600. Viewsonics own website states 800x600. And with only a 5 hour battery life...I'm holding out for something better. Prices just keep dropping, so I'm sure within another month there will be something with significantly better specs...and I'd be willing to drop $50-$100 more for better specs than this one. I'm just waiting patiently...
  • I have a question?? I no nothing about tablets etc. but was looking at the Fire for my husband to stream Amazon prime movies since we have prime and its free. Would this tablet be able to do that??? Thanks
  • If Amazon ever releases a Prime app not bundled with the Fire, yes. Will they do it? No word yet, but chances are they will after the release of the Fire. If not, it'll surely be ripped from the ROM and released to the wild for sideloading. If your husband only wants to check email, view the web, read books, and live within the Amazon ecosystem, and doesn't care about the hardware limitations (no microSD slot, no camera, no GPS, etc), then he'll be just fine with the Fire.
  • I hope it's silver not white, nothing white looks good after a few months. You should see my friends iMac keyboard, a horror show.