Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order at Costco.com and Vizio.com

Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order at Costco.com and Vizio.com

Summary: Another week, another iPad competitor steps up to the plate. This week, Vizio gets closer to releasing its Android tablet into the wild, announcing that it's available for pre-order at a select few online locations for a price that of course undercuts Apple's base offering.

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Another week, another iPad competitor steps up to the plate. This week, Vizio gets closer to releasing its Android tablet into the wild, announcing that it's available for pre-order at a select few online locations for a price that of course undercuts Apple's base offering.

While Vizio has promoted its 8-inch tablet as being available at Costco.com and Walmart.com, the Walmart site already shows it as out of stock (though priced at $348). It's still up for pre-order at Costco's online home, at an even lower price of $329.99.

Before you get too excited by that price tag, which compares to the lowest-priced ($499) iPad 2, there are a couple of major caveats beyond the Vizio Tablet's smaller screen size. You only get 4GB of built-in storage, compared to the base iPad's 16GB, though you do get a microSD card slot to add up to 32GB of additional storage. It also comes with Android 2.3, instead of the latest, more tablet-friendly, flavor, 3.1.

Vizio offers one other tablet-buying alternative: a bundle you can pre-order on its site that includes a 16GB microSD card and a carrying case for $399.99. Vizio.com shows an expected shipping date of July 18, while Costco promises a specific mid/late July shipping time frame.

Vizio has made a name for itself in the HDTV world by undercutting established brands while still offering quality products. Can it repeat that success in the tablet world? Are you interested in the Vizio Tablet at all? Let us know in the Comments section.

Topics: iPad, Mobility

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  • RE: Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order at Costco.com and Vizio.com

    Who cares about internal storage on a tablet? Expandable storage is way cheaper anyway.

    Homerun IMO!
    Droid101
  • RE: Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order at Costco.com and Vizio.com

    Quality products!? You call 12ms response time in their lcd displays quality? Shame on you.
    bmc99gb@...
    • RE: Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order at Costco.com and Vizio.com

      @bmc99gb@...

      top of the line? no

      quality TVs that are perfectly acceptable for the vast majority of consumers while being hundreds of dollars cheaper? yes
      mediumsizedrob
  • RE: Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order at Costco.com and Vizio.com

    Vizio's products have always been good enough and the price point might actually give this tablet a chance.
    Aerowind
  • RE: Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order at Costco.com and Vizio.com

    Does it have a replacable battery?
    jnheroy@...
  • will it run Flight Simulator?

    LOL, just kidding.
    From someone who has seen much ballyhooed technology come and go.
    (Mostly go!)

    Terry Thomas
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  • do you really think that's a good price? really??

    i think more than $200ish for a 4gig or $300ish for a 16gig is too much.
    that's why, i think, the netbook didn't do so well.
    Inhel+M$ drove the price up too much.
    and i think it has a smaller screen not because of the price but because crApple buys up all the 9.7 touchscreens.
    i think that less than 10" is really too small.
    the ipad looks big enough because it's not widescreen.
    but maybe i'll give it a look-see when it comes out anyway.
    pre-order, naaah.

    :)
    .
    wessonjoe
    • RE: Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order at Costco.com and Vizio.com

      @wessonjoe

      didn't do so well? netbooks sold like crazy when they first showed up. The only reason they are disappearing now is because phones have become so powerful, and tablets (I mean, the iPad) have entered the scene.
      mediumsizedrob
  • Vizio has built their reputation on value

    Vizio has done great stuff with their TVs, hitting the right price points and excellent bang for the buck. Yeah, there are guys who sit in their mom's basement comparing specs sheets of stuff they can't afford to buy anyway, and they'll be able to find fault, but everyone watching the TV instead of the spec sheet is very impressed. I hope they'll do the same for the tablet, and perhaps drop the price even more down the road.
    syoung640
  • RE: Vizio Tablet now available for pre-order at Costco.com and Vizio.com

    I see a hidden agenda for this product. With an IR blaster, HDMI port and a USB for keyboard I see a complete VOD, Streaming media player that will kill ROKU and other less capable, but proprietary delivery systems. It is not just a pad.
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