ViewSonic unveils budget E70 ICS 7-inch tablet for $179

Upcoming ViewPad E70 to one of the least expensive tablets around with Android ICS right out of the box

Ultra-cheap tablets aren’t an entirely new idea, but major and more well-known manufacturers are now just beginning to jump into the sub $200 tablet market.

While Amazon was able to offer a compelling tablet for $199, ViewSonic is looking to one-up the online retailer with a $179 tablet. Called the ViewPad E70, this 7-inch offering will reportedly run on a single-core 1GHz CPU with an unknown amount of RAM, 4GB SSD, microSD reader and an 800x480 resolution display. Probably the most compelling feature, however, is that the tablet is expected to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich when it launches sometime this quarter.

Featuring the latest Android operating system, along with leading apps and services for entertainment content, the ViewPad E70 continues the ViewSonic tradition of bringing feature-rich products to new markets,” said ViewSonic VP Michael Holstein in the press release.

Still, the sacrifices in hardware in order to retail for just $20 less than the Kindle Fire (or $70 less than the Tegra 3 Asus) seem a bit hard to swallow. The CPU and screen resolution in particular have taken a big hit, although the microSD reader can somewhat make up for the small internal storage size. In terms of performance and build quality, we'll have to a closer look at the tablet and reserve judgment.

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Allen Ngo, 2012-01-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.