Viewsonic tablet does Windows and Android

Tablet shipping later this month boasts the ability to run both Windows and Android and is powered by an Intel Atom processor.

Viewsonic will begin shipping a tablet later this month that runs both Windows 7 and Android, the company said today.

ViewPad 10pro.  Android is run as an app on top of Windows.
ViewPad 10pro. Android is run as an app on top of Windows. Viewsonic

Aimed at business users, the ViewPad 10pro runs Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" as an application on top of the Windows 7 operating system, according to Viewsonic. "Users need to simply tap on the Android icon to make a seamless switch between business productivity and...entertainment," the company said in a statement.

Intel, which is supplying the 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor powering the tablet, said the 10pro provides a platform to demonstrate how its processors can run both operating systems.

Specifications include a 1,024x600 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch-screen LCD with LED backlight; Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR; HDMI port; microSD card slot; a 1.3-megapixel front camera, battery life rated at up to eight hours, a thickness of 0.58 inches, and weight of 1.97 pounds.

The dual-OS ViewPad 10pro is available in two configurations. For $699, the tablet comes with Windows 7 Professional, a 32GB solid-state-drive hard drive, and Android 2.3. For $599, it's configured with Windows 7 Home Premium, a 16GB SSD, and Android 2.3.

A docking station is also available for $59. Both tablet configurations will be widely available in late August, with limited numbers currently available, Viewsonic said.

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Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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