"Hyper-slim" ViewSonic ViewPad 10e Android tablet on its way

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ViewSonic are preparing to release a brand new tablet called the ViewPad 10e. The 10 inch tablet will be just 9.1mm thick, and while that’s not enough to top beat the record-breaking waistline of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, it’s enough for the ViewSonic team to brand it “hyper-slim”.

Still, it manages to cram in a decent set of specs in that svelte frame, with the tablet offering 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU for an overall weight of 620g.

However, ViewSonic have opted for the aging Gingerbread build (Android 2.3) of Google’s mobile OS, rather than the tablet-orientated Android 3.0 Honeycomb version.

ViewSonic have made a few tweaks to the UI though so as to offset the effects of employing the older OS. The ViewScene 3D feature provides a “customisable 3D style user interface” , bringing what appears to be a carousel-style set of 16 homepages, along with widgets. Note that this isn’t a 3D tablet, however. Just 3D style.

In terms of connectivity, the ViewPad 10e offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, mini USB and a mini HDMI connector for 720p big-screen playback.

No word on pricing yet, but hopefully it’ll be on the penny-pinching side of affordable come its release this November in the UK.

Gerald Lynch

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