Taiwan market: ViewSonic to launch Windows 8 tablet PCs in 2Q12 Max Wang, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 15 February 2012]
ViewSonic plans to launch Windows 8-based tablet PCs in the Taiwan market in the second quarter of 2012 at the earliest, according to Max Liu, product marketing director of ViewSonic Asia Pacific.
The Windows 8 model will come with a 10-inch display with high resolution initially, Liu noted.
ViewSonic offers a complete lineup of tablet PCs in the Taiwan market, with its ViewPad 10 being the first model supporting both Windows 7 and Android in the local market, Liu claimed.
An Android-based model, the ViewPad 10e, which comes with a 9.7-inch IPS panel and supports Wi-Fi, is currently available at NT$8,990 (US$304), compared to a range of NT$14,000-15,000 for comparable models offered by rival vendors, Liu indicated.
The company plans to roll a 3G-version of ViewPad 10e in March with prices ranging NT$11,900-13,900, Liu revealed, adding that 2-3 new tablets will be launched in the second quarter, including those operating on Android 4.0.
ViewSonic shipped about 6,000 tablet PCs a month in the Taiwan market in 2011 and took the third-rank title in the segment. Buoyed by the launch of new models, Liu expects ViewSonic’s share in the local market to continue to expand in 2012.