In spite of all the exciting pre-CES announcements we’ve been seeing over the last few days, one company has been preparing a somewhat less-than-enticing device – specifically, ViewSonic with a new low-end handset that’s been dubbed simply the ViewPhone 3.


While this won’t be Viewsonic’s first foray into the low-end Android market, it will be the company’s first US smartphone – and let’s just say it won’t exactly be sparking a revolution. Have a look at the specs that have been made official thus far:

  • 3.5-inch display (unknown resolution, but don’t expect miracles)
  • 5MP camera
  • 800 MHz Qualcomm processor (presumably single-core)
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 3G (no 4G)
  • Support for two SIM cards

Described by ViewSonic product manager Mike Holstein as a phone for the “value seeker,” the ViewPhone 3’s perhaps single defining feature is its price tag: $250 – off-contract. It should start shipping sometime in March, with the target market being Latin America (though, again, it will also be made available in the United States). As for American carrier availability, it likely won’t offered with a two-year contract by any carrier (ViewSonic has, unsurprisingly, had difficulty finding a partner); instead, it will be sold as an unlocked device compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks. 

On an arguably more inspiring note, ViewSonic reportedly has plans in place for higher-end successors to the ViewPhone 3, and according to Forbes, these successors might be unveiled as early as the middle of 2012. Additionally, ViewSonic is said to be unveiling several more models of its ViewPad tablet at CES – we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Forbes via Android and Me

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Michael

    That phone is ugly, just saying

  • Pawnty

    Yeah.... Viewsonic is a pretty mediocre company. Have the Gtablet and likely won't be buying anything of theirs again.

  • Tyler C

    It seems that ViewSonic has utterly lost all innovation since I purchased my awesome 22" ViewDock monitor back in 2005 or 2006, the only monitor with a super handy built-in ipod/iphone dock..
    Since then, I havent seen a single product of theirs I would consider buying, not even their monitors impress me much anymore.
    It is a major disappointment to see them release such mediocre tablets, and now a mediocre phone? Ugh.

  • Is Sira

    Let's not forget, Viewsonic DOES NOT support their products. Their unwillingness to support the gTablet says it all.

  • MJW

    Their abandonment of the GTablet says it all. Don't buy this crap.

  • Paul

    what's interesting is I rarely see dual sim card phones in the u.s; I know it's popular outside of the usa but I have you been able to go to any local store and buy a dual sim card phone. I don't think at&t and t mobile would like it

  • KnightCrusader

    Expect this thing to be released and then get no support, just like the GTablet.