Depois de nos avisar semana passada que lançaria um tablet com dual-boot, a ViewSonic anunciou oficialmente as especificações do ViewPad 100. Eu acho que ninguém vai ficar impressionado por ele rodar o velho Android 1.6, mesmo que o Windows 7 esteja lá também.

Não consigo pensar em muitos motivos pra se comprar um tablet com dois sistemas operacionais, mas obviamente laptops com dual-boot (ou rodando algo como Parallels ou Boot Camp) certamente têm um propósito. Este poderia ser o tablet para quem gosta de mexer mais a fundo em gadgets, mas este mercado no qual a ViewSonic está apostando ainda é de nicho.

Com uma tela de 10 polegadas (eles a descrevem como um display LCD de resolução 1024 x 600), ele roda processador Intel Atom N455 de 1,66GHz com 1GB de RAM DDR3, e tem um drive SSD de 16GB. Estão presentes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, acelerômetro, A-GPS, duas portas USB, uma porta miniVGA e entrada para cartão microSD (expansível a até 32GB), além de uma webcam embutida de 1,3MP.

3 September 2010, IFA, Berlin – ViewSonic has announced the launch of the world’s first dual-boot tablet, the ViewPad 100. With a 10" screen, the ViewPad 100 incorporates both a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium and Google Android 1.6.

The combination of operating systems means that users have the speed and portability of an Android-based OS without sacrificing the power and compatibility of a Windows powered system. Users can quickly check their emails or browse the internet with Android while still being able to rely on the traditional PC experience that a full Windows environment provides, such as USB connectivity, video output via mini VGA, Adobe Flash support and the ability to create presentations and word documents from scratch.

With a lightweight design, the ViewPad 100 is ideal for anyone who needs a portable computing solution. It features a built-in 16GB SSD, giving faster boot-up and read/write times than standard HDDs, as well as an energy-efficient Intel Atom N455 1.66Ghz processor with 1GB DDR3 RAM, providing users with longer battery life.

"We want to supply users with a tablet computer that incorporates both Android and Windows as we believe in providing an open approach to mobile technology to users who may not wish to be tied to a specific operating system," says Derek Wright, European Product Marketing Manager. "The ViewPad 100 is aimed at those who want the speed and portability of Android without losing the advantages of having a Windows-based system. We recognise many users may be transitioning from a netbook but will possibly struggle with the learning curve of a new OS, even for simple tasks as uploading photos or using a VPN. Eventually they may choose to favour one over the other, but they will always have the choice."

The user experience is further enhanced by a high quality capacitive multi-touch display based on a 10" 1024 x 600 LED panel as well as built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections and a G-sensor that reorients the screen depending on how the device is held. Additional features include a Micro SD slot for up to 32GB of storage, Assisted GPS for navigation, two USB 2.0 connections and a built in 1.3M webcam.