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ViewSonic ViewPad 7 Android Tablet announced

ViewSonic have today announced the ViewPad 7, the world's first 7" Android tablet with phone capability. Click through to learn more…

The ViewPad 7 is an all-new capacitive multi-touch 7″ tablet featuring 3G, Wi-Fi, Blutooth and front and rear facing cameras. From what we’ve seen so far ViewSonic’s latest device takes Dell’s lead with the Streak, but increases product size to bring it closer in line with the Apple iPad.

ViewSonic say the lightweight, pocket-sized design means the ViewPad 7 is ideal for anyone who needs a mobile connection and a wide range of applications including email and video courtesy of the Android Market. It will feature Android 2.2 and is expected to weight in at under £350 upon launch.

With full 3G and phone functionality, a full size SIM card slot and integrated Bluetooth connectivity the ViewPad 7 will support instant messaging, text/mms messaging, VOIP and standard voice calls.

Additional features of the ViewPad 7 include a MicroSD slot for storage up to 32GB, a web browser and USB connectivity. Users will also be able to make full use of assisted GPS, eBook functionality and an office document reader as well as hand-written note-taking among other things.

“We are proud to announce another world first at Viewsonic. 3G phone functionality combined with dual cameras gives the ability for use of Android apps to use augmented reality or video calling on the move with the benefit of an excellent 7″ screen” says Derek Wright, European Product Marketing Manager. “The ViewPad 7 is aimed at users who require the ‘always on’ connectivity they are used to from a mobile phone with a more agreeable screen size for longer term use.”

We’re expecting review samples to surface at some time in October, but we’ll be back before that with more details, including specifications, just as soon as they’re available. In the mean time why not let us know if the ViewPad 7 ticks your boxes in the comments thread below…

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