Irvine, Calif. - Vizio promises to do to tablet pricing what it did with TV pricing with the shipment of its 8-inch Wi-Fi Android tablet at a suggested $329 and expected everyday $299.
The device, the company's first tablet, is available at is now available at Sam's Club, Walmart, Costco, Amazon and other retailers.
Today's prices on the on-line stores of Walmart, Costco, Sam's Club, and Amazon range from $289.87 from Sam's to $298 from Amazon and Walmart.
The price is lower than expected. Various online reports previously showed a Walmart display showing a price of $349 for the tablet.
The VTAB1008 tablet is equipped with Android 2.3 OS, access to the Android Market, and IR blaster to double as a universal IR remote.
It also features 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 Market.
The tablet features a 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.
The built-in universal remote control app features codes for 95 percent of remote-controllable devices on the U.S. market, the company said.