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ViewSonic announces $250 ViewBook 730 tablet, steps on Nook Color's turf

ViewSonic announced the latest Android tablets. The most interesting part of this tablet is an affordable price, the cheapest among ViewSonic tablet before.

ViewBook ​​730, demkian name, only priced around $ 250. Although the price is cheap, tableyt 7 inch using Android 2.2 has a specification that spelled out pretty good.

The ViewBook 730 features a 7-inch 800-by-480-pixel backlit touchscreen display, along with Wi-Fi abd Bluetooth wireless networking. The device runs Android 2.2—no word on whether it will see tablet-optimized released like Android 3.1 HoneyComb—along with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor; the unit has 8 GB of onboard storage and supports up to 32 GB more via a microSD slot. The tablet sports HDMI output for pushing 1080p video to a big screen, along with a front-facing VGA camera for video chat. The ViewBook 730 also features stylus input, so users can easily write directly into applications, highlight excerpts from a book, or draw directly into the bundled Sketcher app. The ViewBook 730 also comes with Amazon’s Appstore pre-installed, along with Amazon’s MP3 downloader and Kindle applications.

But will it be enough? ViewSonic seems have cottoned onto the reality that there are many potential tablet owners who are turned off by the idea of shelling out at least $500 for  a new tablet. Of course, the ViewBook’s seven-inch form factor is also likely to draw some eyes. But with the HTC Flyer and BlackBerry PlayBook vying for domination of the seven-inch space, ViewSonic is likely to face stuggles here as well.

The ViewBook will be available at the end of June.
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