Bargain brand Vizio to unveil tablet, smartphone at electronics show
Television maker Vizio has big plans for the Consumer Electronics Show. In a TV commercial that aired during the Rose Bowl, Randy Waynick, Vizio's chief sales officer, teased the release of a Vizio tablet. According to reports from Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal, the company plans to release an eight-inch Via Tablet, and a Via Phone cellphone, which has a four-inch screen.
The Via Tablet will have WiFi wireless connectivity and a front-facing camera. it will also sport a front-facing camera for video calls, a rear-facing five-megapixel camera and video capability.
Matthew McRae told Bloomberg that the gadgets would be "very aggressively priced," though he declined to give specifics.
The company, known for its low prices, says it will carry over its aesthetic and pricing philosophy to the new gadgets. Chief technology officer Matthew McRae told Bloomberg that Vizio will have several items on display at CES, including a video-streaming service, televisions and Blu-ray players that use Google TV software. The company will have a unified user interface across all of its products, meaning, for example, that users should be able to start watching something on one device and finish on another.
Vizio competes with Samsung for leadership in U.S. sales of television sets, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Check out Vizio's commercial below:
| January 3, 2011; 11:04 AM ET
Categories: CES 2011, Gadgets, TV
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