Viewsonic allegedly developing a 7-inch Android tablet to join the armada

Viewsonic_vt101 These days there's clearly no shortage of Android tablets especially those coming out of Asia, although it's also true that many don't make it out of their local markets to grace their presence on the worldwide stage. One company looking to join the armada who has international ambitions is Viewsonic. The display specialist is allegedly planning to launch a new 7-inch tablet running Android 2.2 later this year, with 3G connectivity, a 3/5MP camera, and phone functionality. This would place the device in a similar category to other voice call capable tablets such as the Dell Streak and Huawei S7, with access to Android Market and the benefit of the latest version of Google's mobile OS. Barely anything else is known about the mystery MID currently but Stuff.tv indicates that it will launch in about two months in the UK and Europe for between £300 to £400 (around US$478 to $637 probably including tax).

A possible indication of what kind of device we can expect from Viewsonic is the company's VT101 tablet (shown above) launched in China earlier this year, running Android with an 8.9-inch 1024×800 touch screen, and powered by a 1GHz nVidia Tegra 250 chipset. If the new MID is a 7-inch version of the VT101, it would definitely be a very welcome addition to the Android army.

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Jeremy is a former editor at Pocketables.