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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/ 3/2011

Bargain brand Vizio to unveil tablet, smartphone at electronics show

By Hayley Tsukayama

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:

By Hayley Tsukayama  | January 3, 2011; 11:04 AM ET
Categories:  CES 2011, Gadgets, TV  
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What OS?

Posted by: HardyW | January 3, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I hope its Android. And I hope its not another crap Tablet like I see the dozens of others being built. Hell, you can buy a crappy tablet at Wallgreens for $100 which is slow as hell and has Android 1.x on it.

I wonder if anyone ever reads customer reviews of products before deciding to build one of their own. They come out with these items but they turn out to be slow or missing obvious things that they must know consumers will be upset about.

I hope it turns out good though, I have one of their TVs which is pretty decent.

Posted by: remission1 | January 3, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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