Viewsonic Announces $170 ViewPad E70 Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet – No Android Market


Viewsonic announced today that they would be adding to the oversaturated Android tablet market with their own sub-$200 tablet. The Viewsonic ViewPad E70 sounds like a good deal at $170 and having Android’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, but once you check out the details, you might be singing a different tune.

The ViewPad E70 seems to be missing one very important Android feature — the Android Market! While there are 3rd party market alternatives, having the Android Market on an Android device is an integral part of managing and syncing your apps across various Android devices and is the official default market for Android. If that isn’t enough to deter you from purchasing this low-budget device, perhaps the “low-budget” specs will.

The VeiwPad E70 sure isn’t going to turn any heads with its current specs, and we’re not sure having Android 4.0 and a $170 price will be enough to compensate, but I can totally see an unsuspecting consumer seeing this in a store and thinking they’re getting a good deal. Here’s what you’ll get with the Viewsonic ViewPad E70:

  • 7″ 800 x 480 display
  • 1GHz processor (we’re assuming dual-core)
  • A front-facing camera
  • 4 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD expandable storage up to 32 GB
  • MicroHDMI port

Well that’s about it. What do you guys think? Enough to consider a look, or just more junk to muddle up Android’s perception as a fragmented pile of bad tablets? For more information, read the full press release below:

ViewPad® E70 featuring the latest Ice Cream Sandwich operating system provides a premium mobile entertainment experience for web surfing, e-reading, gaming and more

WALNUT, Calif. – January 10, 2012 – ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions, today announced the newest addition to its tablet line, the 7” ViewPad E70. The ViewPad E70offers the ultimate in value and fun for a premium tablet experience at an affordable price, featuring Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, super light weight compact design and premium apps and services. The ViewPad E70 brings advanced technology to consumers with rich features and premium value, for an extremely portable and affordable mobile entertainment device. Integrated apps and services provide easy access to leading multimedia, entertainment content, and thousands of mobile apps offered.

The compact, ultra slim Android 4.0 tablet ships with a 1GHz processor and 4GB memory storage. Other features include a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi support and microSD expandable storage up to 32 GB. 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.

“ViewSonic is committed to delivering advanced technology designed with the consumer in mind,” said Michael Holstein, vice president of business development, ViewSonic. “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.”

ViewPad E70 delivers a rich user experience with included apps, premium features, and the latest Android 4.0 operating system. 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 ViewPad e70 will be available for an ESP of $169.99 in late Q1.

For more information on ViewSonic products, please visit ViewSonic.com or follow ViewSonic on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About ViewSonic
ViewSonic® Corporation is a leading global provider of computing, consumer electronics and communications solutions. ViewSonic develops, markets and supports a broad range of innovative products, including tablets, LED TVs, computers, LED monitors, projectors, digital photo frames, digital signage displays, 3D devices and digital media players. For further information, please contact ViewSonic Corporation at 800.888.8583 or 909.444.8888; or visit ViewSonic.com.

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