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Vizio Prices 8-Inch Tablet At $299

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

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.