ViewSonic Europe, a provider of computing, electronics and communications solutions, has announced the launch of its new dual-SIM Android smartphone, named the ViewPad V350, and its new 10 inch professional tablet PC, the ViewPad 10Pro.
Both products have been designed to enable users to easily access both their work and personal life via just one device, plus allow them to have a choice or service providers.
The V350 Smartphone is an active dual-SIM device running the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, enabling the use of two network services at the same time. Its dual-SIM capability is suited for businesses wishing to provide staff with a mobile device that can offer separate numbers and bills for both personal and business use. This feature also enables business travellers to carry just the one phone while still be able to take advantage of different pricing plans and network offers for voice and data in various countries.
The V350 does not compromise in other areas, with Android 2.2, a HVGA capacitive touch screen, five megapixel auto-focus camera, Micro-SD expansion, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and assisted GPS navigation.
The ViewPad 10Pro is one of the first devices in the world to have an Intel Oaktrail processor with dual boot functionality, offering a quick switch capability between Windows 7 Professional for business use and Google Android 2.2 for personal and social entertainment. Teamed with a 1366×768 LED backlit capacitive multi-touch panel, the ViewPad 10Pro is fully connected with 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth and has at least six hours of battery life. The Flash 10.1 support and new interface provides an excellent navigation experience for business users wishing to access their Windows work environment and Google Android applications.
Last month Deloitte predicted in its annual sector forecast that UK companies will buy more than 10 million tablet devices in 2011. In September 2010, Gartner stated that Android had become the number two operating system for mobile phones worldwide and would challenge Symbian for number one position by 2014.
“Both these products present a great opportunity for the channel to capitalise on two separate but related growth markets. The V350 naturally enables customers to choose more associated services which is where the channel can enable greater returns,” said Derek Wright, product marketing manager at ViewSonic Europe. “The ViewPad 10 Pro also opens up the B2B and Commercial sectors seriously for the first time. The services ‘wrap’ potential around these products is tremendous.”
Both products are set to be previewed for the first time in Europe at Mobile World Congress (2B77 Hall 2) on 14 February 2011.