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Friday, February 11, 2011

Dual-SIM smartphone and dual-boot tablet announced by ViewSonic

ViewSonic Europe has a double announcement today. It’s launching a dual-SIM Android smartphone and a dual-boot Android/Windows tablet. Both will be previewed next week at Mobile World Congress.

The ViewSonic V350 smartphone runs the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. As a ‘dual-SIM’ device it’s able to offer two connections on different networks at the same time. The company says it’s ideal for businesses wishing to provide staff with a mobile device that can offer separate numbers and bills for personal and business use - and for travellers to take advantage of different pricing plans for voice and data in various countries. Specifications include a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen, 5-megapixel autofocus camera, microSD memory expansion, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.

The ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro is a 10-inch tablet PC that can switch between Windows 7 Professional and Android 2.2. This ‘dual-boot’ option enables users to enjoy the familiarity of Windows software while becoming acquainted with Android applications. The ViewPad 10Pro is equipped with the Intel Oak Trail processor combined and a 1024x600 LED backlit capacitive multi-touch panel. Battery life is said to be at least six hours. 

Derek Wright, Product Marketing Manager at ViewSonic Europe, said “Last month Deloitte predicted, in its annual sector forecast, that UK companies will buy more than 10 million tablet devices in 2011. ViewSonic is well placed to capitalize on this market and offers users the best of both worlds from one device. Our V350 Smartphone is one of the most functional Dual-SIM phones on the market. With Android GMS [Google Mobile Services] for access to more than 200,000 Google applications, it has powerful multimedia capabilities and with both SIM cards active, you can place and receive calls on each at any time. The Dual-SIM proposition is compelling and will generate considerable market uptake this year.”

We’ll be looking out for the ViewSonic products when we report from Mobile World Congress next week. Download every podcast automatically by connecting to our RSS feed or finding them on iTunes. You can also follow @thefonecast on Twitter or through Facebook.
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