Viewpad 10pro starts shipping
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Viewpad 10pro a model by ViewSonic and is one of first models to be launched with the Bluestacks. This model also comes with the new Oaktrail-based (Intel Atom Z670) processor. With the help of Bluestacks a Windows can be easily run an Android program. It is actually termed as ‘Android player’ that simulates an Android environment in order to run Android programs.
The processor is of a clock speed of 1.5GHz might not give a lot of performance with the Windows7, but with a fast SSD card it may give a smooth Windows7 experience. However, browsing should really be quick than other tablets. It is really an interesting to have Android as an added platform. The core system is known at hyper Droid, technically a hosted hypervisor which emulates the Android hardware environment and runs within Windows. While running Android OS we don’t need a shutdown or put the windows OS to idle mode. With this facility the battery life is definitely going to get affected as the consumption is definitely going to increase during this process, but we will get a switch time of around one second rather than multi-boot process that is definitely going to take a much longer duration.
According to Bluestacks documentation the file system is shared, networking is shared and can be even used simultaneously. The performance of Bluestacks should be quiet good so there’s some potential for gaming, but as this is Android based Open source and not a Google Android build some of the interesting Google applications like Gmail, Maps, etc won’t be available.
It has a 10.1” LCD Capacitive multi-touchscreen with LED backlight and its resolution is 1024 x 600 pixels. This model weighs about a 1.93 lb (0.875kg) in net. It has a 2GB DDR3 RAM and storage of two types 16GB and 32GB. The 32GB model costs around 560 Euros in Germany.
The current batch of Viewpad 10pro devices are optimised for Windows although they do include a Bluestacks build. The new model will start shipping in 2-4 weeks. We will be getting an early model early next week for testing.