The Kindle Fire competition is heating up at CES with some tablets having more features but more importantly tablets with a TouchPad fire sale price. Although there have not been any super cheap 10" iPad competitor tablets like the HP TouchPad fire sale. Viewsonic will have a 7" Android 4.0 deal "coming soon." The ViewPad e70 will have Ice Cream Sandwich and rock bottom pricing of $169.99 MSRP.
Features of the ViewPad e70 include a 1GHz processor, 4GB storage, 800x480 resolution, micro HDMI, Wi-Fi, Micro SD slot, Amazon Appstore for Android and Kindle for Android.
The Kindle Fire costs $199, runs Android 2.3, has a faster processor and 8GB of onboard storage but lacks HDMI output and amicroSD card slot. The Kindle Fire was named one of the top tablets of 2011. The ViewPad e70 running Android 4.0 is a viable alternative.
Viewsonic claims "The ultra-portable design makes it easy for users to bring the device on-the-go for viewing and streaming multimedia with the included 1080p HDMI output. One of the most portable and affordable tablet products on the market, ViewPad E70 is designed to meet consumer demand for a tablet that delivers on both quality features and value."
The 10" ViewPads show the highest price for the Windows model and a good price for the 10" Android model which launched with Android 2.3, this week. We are checking with Viewsonic to see if the Android model will updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
ViewPad 10e – Designed with ViewSonic’s power efficient model, the ViewPad 10e is paper thin and delivers more than 200 hours of standby life. It is 9.1mm thin, has a 10” enhanced, multi-viewing IPS display. Running Android 2.3 and a 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor, the ViewPad 10e also includes the ViewScene 3D customized.The ViewPad 10e has an ESP of $299 and will be available late January 2012. We found it online already.