Despite the fact that many electronics manufacturers like Lenovo, HP, and Asus are announcing new Windows 8 tablets in preparation for the official release of Microsoft’s latest operating system, ViewSonic opts to differentiate itself by announcing a tablet that runs on Windows 7. Nonetheless, it may run on Windows 8, as well. The Liliputing blog notes that the device is basically a netbook sans a keyboard.
The tablet is called the ViewPad97i Pro, and it measures 190 x 246 x 15.3 mm and tips the scale at 998 grams grams. Its IPS capacitive touchscreen display spans 9.7 inches diagonally, with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
The device is driven by an Intel Atom N2600 dual core processor running at 1.5GHz, and comes with a 32GB solid state disk for storage and 2GB of DDR3 RAM. It still allows for expansion through a built-in microSD card slot.
ViewSonic is selling the device for the starting bid of $488 on eBay, which may be paid through PayPal. The tablet may also be purchased from other e-commerce websites like Aliexpress.
Connectivity-wise, it offers Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth. Furthermore, it is packed with a 4900mAh battery. Other features on its interface include two USB 2.0 ports and a mini HDMI port for connecting the device to peripherals. For instance, they may use the HDMI port to attach the tablet to a larger display that would allow its users to enjoy some of the features of Windows 8 should they opt for said operating system. The USB port is likewise useful for those who prefer using a mouse and a keyboard in working.
This tablet was just recently launched in China, but back then ViewSonic had not announced whether the device would be making its way to the international market. Through eBay, however, ViewSonic can extend its reach outside of its home country for users interested in picking up a tablet based on Windows 7, or an alternative to the Windows 8 tablets that will be released.