If you are craving for a scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich from the most popular mobile operating system right now, Google’s Android, but you don’t want to spend a small fortune on a gadget, the guys at ViewSonic should be your best pals, after unveiling a budget-friendly 7-incher with Android 4.0 at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas.
The ViewPad e70 will be made available in the following months (an exact release date is yet to be announced) and is set to cost only 169 dollars. For this kind of money, it’s pretty clear that you will have to make a compromise or two in terms of hardware and performance, but at least when it comes to the software, the e70 should come with all you could need and more.
Sporting a low-resolution 800 x 480 pixels 7-inch display, the ViewPad e70 will be powered by a 1 GHz single-core processor. That’s not exactly ideal, but I guess things could have been even worse if you think about it.
The future 7-incher from ViewSonic will also only come with 4 GB of internal storage space, but will feature a microSD card slot for expanding the on-board memory, as well as a microHDMI connector and what looks like a microUSB 2.0 port from the first official photos.
While ViewSonic has not released any official product dimensions just yet, the tablet looks pretty slim, fairly light, as well as comfortable to hold and solid.
Getting back to the software that made us turn our attention to ViewSonic’s 7-incher, let’s not forget to mention that, even though the ViewPad e70 will ship with Android 4.0 out of the box, it won’t have Android Market access, but Amazon Appstore access. That’s a pretty weird call, if you ask me, but after all, there’s plenty of interesting and exciting content offered by Amazon nowadays, too, so I wouldn’t worry too much!