Vizio Unveils Phone, Tablet
January 3, 2011 at 5:33 AM (PT)
TV manufacturer VIZIO jumped the gun on the CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW by announcing in advance that it is getting into the Android-based smartphone and tablet businesses. The company, which has previously integrated Internet apps into its flat-screen LCD TVs, is introducing the VIA Phone and VIA Tablet, new entrants in VIZIO's "VIA Plus" line, at CES in LAS VEGAS this week.
"Both the VIA phone and tablet feature the highest performance coupled with innovative features that tie them into the media consumption experience," said CTO MATTHEW MCRAE. "And by integrating the VIA Plus user experience also found on our next generation TVs and Blu-ray devices, VIZIO is delivering the multi-screen, unified ecosystem others have talked about for years and never delivered."
The phone is a 4-inch capacitive touch screen device with a 1 GHz processor, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, a MicroSD card slot, and HDMI output, plus a front-facing camera and 5 megapixel rear camera. The 8-inch tablet offers the same specifications with an 8-inch screen and a three-speaker design for stereo audio.