As the year goes forward, the line between tablets and smartphones is only bound to get even more muddled, with size likely playing the biggest difference between the two categories. Take this just-announced ViewSonic ViewPad 7, a 7-inch Android tablet, fitted with complete phone functionalities.
While ViewSonic is mainly associated with LCD and plasma displays, the company has long been rumored to be at work on their own smartphone. We guess the tablet is a logical first foray into mobile electronics, as it's a considerably less mature market than the now-crowded smartphone space.
Details of the ViewPad 7 include a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen (800 x 480 resolution), a rear-facing 3.0 megapixel camera module, a front-facing VGA webcam, onboard gyro-sensor, WiFi, 3G (both for phone and data) and microSD card expansion (up to 32GB). Hopefully, there's a way you can put this up to your face when making calls just like a real phone - that would be entertaining.
No word has been given about the tablet's innards (e.g. processor, RAM), so we'll have to see what kind of hardware it's packing under the case. It's running Android 2.2 Froyo, along with the usual Google suite and a few pre-installed apps (such as an ebook reader). Full phone features include standard voice calling, SMS, MMS and VOIP.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 7 will be part of the company's exhibit at the IFA 2010 in Berlin, which is slated to begin this coming September 3rd. Review units will be available starting October, with UK pricing expected to be no more than £350 (around $540), including VAT.