CES: Vizio bringing an Android Tablet and Phone to market

CES: Vizio bringing an Android Tablet and Phone to market

Summary: At CES 2011 Vizio is demoing some engineering samples of what will later be known as its Via Tablet and Via Phone. Both devices are set to be available in the summer and will run some version of Android.

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Vizio was one of those little companies that suddenly turned the TV market upside down. Now it looks like it has set it sights on the smartphone and tablet market.

At CES 2011 Vizio is demoing some engineering samples of what will later be known as its Via Tablet and Via Phone. Both devices are set to be available in the summer and will run some version of Android. As of this writing, the company has not released a firm date nor a price, but it did manage to give some hands-on time to a couple of publications, who I have linked to below.

As for the specs, the Via Tablet is set to be an 8-inch, high-resolution screen beauty with three speakers (two on the bottom and one on the side), an IR blaster for using the Tablet as a remote, Wi-Fi, a front-facing camera for video conferencing, and an HDMI port. The Via Phone is expected to sport a 4-inch screen, a front-facing camera for video calls, and a rear-facing five megapixel camera.

LaptopMag got a nice hands-on as did CNET.

I'm excited to see what Vizio can come up with. Their offerings are sure to be priced competitively, if their other products are any indication. The best part about what Vizio can do here is that the company has already cornered the market on inexpensive flat panels. With Android being freely available, and a reduced cost on the panel, you can bet that the tablet and phone will be priced well under the competition. I also like that Vizio is thinking about ways to tie the tablet to its existing multimedia line.

Vizio also already offers its own Apps on its internet-connected TVs, so you can bet there will be a flavor of that available for the Tablet and Phone, too. The Via Tablet and Via Phone could be the best example of tying a phone, tablet and TV together.

Topics: Tablets, Android, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

Joel Evans

About Joel Evans

With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • RE: CES: Vizio bringing an Android Tablet and Phone to market

    Just more stuff for the landfill.
    james347
  • Looks somewhat bulky to me

    I wonder why, with nearly the same specs as phone, these devices aren't thinner with smaller borders. Does that monitor really take up that much more room? Or is the cheaper screen to help reach a certain price point just bulkier? (honest question...not sarcasm)
    javahead76
  • RE: CES: Vizio bringing an Android Tablet and Phone to market

    Apple needs to bring out a 7" iPad with a phone.... [no you don't hold it to your head, you use a bluetooth earpiece, thank you very much]... the service providers made Samsung disable the phone in the Galaxy Tab, maybe Apple could pull it off...
    maxpi
  • RE: CES: Vizio bringing an Android Tablet and Phone to market

    If Vizio's phone works as well as the LCD TV we bought from them two years ago, then I can seriously dig it!
    TheCapitolKing
  • RE: CES: Vizio bringing an Android Tablet and Phone to market

    I told my husband I would really jump on one of these tablets if they have a tablet/phone all in one. I rarely if ever actually put my phone to my ear. I eaither use bluetooth or speaker. Phone to your head if a controversal subject as well.
    Something 7 inches isnt really that big for women to carry in a bag or a backpack/tablet case. We carry things like that all the time. Would it really hurt to add bluetooth or speaker phone capibilities? I know the technology is there. I wonder why they havent bothered.
    kerraboo2@...
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