While the rest of world’s collective gaze was split between E3 and Apple’s WWDC, ViewSonic took the opportunity to unveil a brand spanking new 7in tablet on Monday. Great timing, guys.
Only last week, the California-based manufacturer revealed the world’s first 7in Honeycomb tablet, in the ViewSonic ViewPad 7x. This new tablet – which takes a few steps back by assigning the OS honours to Froyo (Android 2.2) – is aimed at “the value seeker who doesn’t want to compromise on features”.
The ViewBook 730 has an 800x480 resolution LED display, 1GHz processor, Flash support and 8GB of on-board memory (expandable to 32GB via microSD), and offers up to eight hours of use per charge.
Interestingly, it comes with lots of Amazon junk pre-installed, including the Amazon Appstore, Amazon’s mp3 downloader, the Amazon shopping app, and Amazon Kindle software.
ViewSonic’s VP of business development, Michael Holstein, explains: “We recognized a need for a tablet device that offers users an excellent multimedia experience with a very affordable value proposition. From the pre-installed Amazon Kindle eReader to full Amazon app integration and Flash 10.1 support, our new ViewBook 730 enables consumers to do all the fun things that they want to do on a tablet without the added cost for features they don’t need.”
The ViewSonic ViewBook 730 will be released in the States at the end of June, priced $249.99. That's around £150 in our money, though it's not clear if we'll get our hands on the tablet any time soon (if at all).