The ViewSonic VCD22 is actually just a normal 22-inch display tablet with full HD resolution, were it not for a few key details, it wouldn’t be as interesting. The device is a versatile multi-touch system that can be used independently from a PC, thanks to Android 4.0. ViewSonic installed the TI OMAP 4428 dual-core ARM processor running at 1 GHz on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The display resolves 1920 × 1080 pixels and has capacitive touch technology. The device also has three USB 2.0 ports for connecting a keyboard, mouse and memory stick.
There is also a HDMI port, Ethernet port, SD card reader and a 3.5-mm blade plug. The tablet also has Bluetooth 2.1,Wi-Fi capabilities and a 1.2-megapixel webcam for video calls. The VCD22 can also be connected to a PC and used as a monitor via the HDMI port. The user can switch effortlessly from the Android operating system to Windows. The ViewSonic VCD22 will arrive in Taiwan in August and will cost around $480. Colleagues from Laptopmag have seen a demonstration of the ViewSonic at Computex, so here is a video:
Sources: Laptopmag and NetbookNews.de
Computex 2012: ViewSonic VCD22 Smart Display 22 Inch Tablet-Monitor with Dual Core & Android 4.0 ***Video
This would have a better fate if it was an x86 Windows tablet. and if it came with a snap-on keyboard like the Asus Transformer Prime/Pad. a 1920 x 1080 screen would also help.
This device is a bigger version of the Thrive, Toshiba’s first 10.1″ Android tablet. this and the Thrive are niche products, since they are heavier and bulkier than what end users are used to. Toshiba went against the thin/light grain and designed them as scaled-down PCs.
Long time PC users like the Thrive due to its standard size ports (HDMI, USB) and bonus micro USB port. The USB port has USB host capability, and you can find YouTube videos of people attaching a USB devices (hub, keyboard, mouse, all at the same time), even a USB gamepad, and they all work. There are no unsightly dongles to carry around or lose.
Icing on the cake is the standard size SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (capable of handling up to 128 GB SDXC card, 4 times the storage capability of other tablets). on this capability alone, the Thrive is likely to be around a lot longer as a media player than many other tablets.
I have a Thrive and an iPad 2, and appreciate the Thrive’s versatility.
I can’t wait for a Win 7 version of the Excite 13 to come out. If it has decent specs and its prices match the Excite’s 13, I’d get one.
Toshiba 13 inch Android tablet hits the FCC – Liliputing