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Viewsonic has announced the release of two touch tablets in North America, the ViewPad 7 and 10. The first has a 7-inch display that puts it in competition with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the second has a 10-inch screen running Windows ad Android.

ViewPad 7

Today, Viewsonic announced two new touch tablets that will be released in North America: the ViewPad 7 and 10. The ViewPad 7 has a 7-inch display, which puts it in competition with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Like the Tab, it runs Android 2.2 and sports both a rear and front camera for video recording and calling. It will have access to the Android Market and its 100,000 apps. The ViewPad 7 will be available in the fourth quarter of this year for $479.

The ViewPad 10 is an entirely different beast, and not just because of the larger 10-inch display. This tablet runs both Windows 7 and Android 1.6 operating systmes and features an Atom processor (1.66 GHz) and a solid-state disk for system storage. The single front-facing camera is designed for video calling. The ViewPad 10 will be available in the first quarter of next year for $629.

If the ViewPad 10 specs and photo look familiar, it is because it is made by the same ODM that builds the TEGA v2 I recently reviewed. The specs of the ViewPad 10 are the same as the v2, down to the dual boot configuration. To get a feel for how the ViewPad 10 will likely perform, check the two videos of the TEGA v2 below showing it in action with both operating systems.

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  1. Running Windows 7 on the tablet is made pointless for the enterprise with the advent of Citrix XenApp and Vmware ThinApp. You have a controlled locked down environment without the worry of anti-virus being out of date or data being left on a stolen tablet. And if you have a Windows glitch it’s in the data center where someone can work on it not out in the middle of nowhere. You have to look at the total cost of ownership and it’s too high on a desktop OS slapped on a tablet and last years Android OS. With Blackberry’s track record with BES the Playbook and the iPad’s braindead simple eloquent operation are still the tablets to beat in the enterprise.

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  2. Very clever combination, android on the go and full desktop productivity with windows 7 when back home or at office when plugged to external monitor/keyboard, I hope that docs or file system is shared between the two OSes…

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