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Vizio Readies 8-Inch Tablet

New York – Vizio announced
summertime availability of its first tablet, a Wi-Fi model equipped with 8-inch
touchscreen and IR blaster to double as a universal remote.

The company did
not mention which version of the Android OS is used, nor did it disclose a
price, but it did say the VTAB1008 would use an interface that the company will
adopt across multiple home entertainment products, including TVs and Blu-ray
players, that will access the web and download apps from the Android Market.

Vizio outlined its
plans here at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Line Show, though it

the product

and its first smartphone, also Android-based, at January’s International

The tablet, due in
retail stores nationwide in the summer, features 1GHz processor, 8-inch 1,024
by 768 capacitive touchscreen, built-in GPS, 802.11n 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.

A built-in
universal remote control app features codes for 95 percent of remote-controllable
devices on the U.S. market, the company said.