Vizio Readies 8-Inch Tablet
By Joseph Palenchar On Jul 5 2011 - 4:01am
NEW YORK –
Vizio announced summertime availability
of its first tablet, a Wi-Fi-equipped Android 2.3 model
equipped with 8-inch touchscreen and IR blaster to double
as a universal remote.
Although the company didn’t disclose a price, Internet
photos of a Walmart display show a price of $349.
A 3G version will come “fairly soon,” said product marketing
trainer Carlos Angulo during the Consumer Electronics
Association (CEA) Line Show.
The VTAB1008 tablet will use an interface that the
company will adopt across multiple home entertainment
products, including TVs and Blu-ray players that will also
access the web and download apps from the Android
The tablet, due in retail stores nationwide in the summer,
features 1GHz processor, 8-inch 1,024 by 768 capacitive
touchscreen, built-in GPS, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi,
Bluetooth connectivity and extended battery lasting up to
10 hours depending on usage, the company said. Other
features include 2GB of onboard storage, MicroSD card
slot supporting an additional 32GB, HD video playback,
micro HDMI output and front-facing camera video chats.
Three embedded speakers deliver stereo playback in portrait
and landscape mode.
For video playback, the tablet features HDMI mirroring
and HDCP (High-Definition Copy Protection) compliance
to stream copy-protected video via HDMI output to a TV,
A built-in universal remote control app features codes
for 95 percent of remote-controllable devices on the U.S.
market, the company said.
Vizio showed the product and its first smartphone, also
Android-based, at January’s International CES.