Vizio is getting ready for its first ever tablet to reach the market. Vizio’s 8-inch Android Gingerbread-running tablet has been up for pre-order at its manufacturer’s website for exactly one week, and the release is expected to happen on July 18.
Vizio’s first entry into the tablet space is unique in its own ways. First off, it has an 8-inch screen, which is very rare in today’s tablet market. Second, it doesn’t run Android Honeycomb, the tablet-optimized version of the OS, but rather Gingerbread, a release designed for phones. On top of that though sits Vizio’s own custom interface. Oh, and the tablet comes with an infrared port and can act as a remote control to 95% of the electronics currently available in the US market. So an interesting proposition, surely, and not just another run of the mill Android tablet then.
If Vizio’s asking price of $379.99 for its tablet seems too high for you, you’re in luck. The tablet is now also available for pre-order at Amazon, and the well known retailer has priced it at just $349.99. So that’s $30 that you can instantly save just by getting it from Amazon. A pretty neat deal for a device that isn’t even available yet. Amazon doesn’t say when it will start shipping, but there’s no reason why it wouldn’t happen on July 18 – after all that is the official release date for the tablet.
If you’re interested, Amazon is just one click away.
Vizio’s tablet has an 8-inch touchscreen with 1024×768 resolution, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, a front-facing VGA camera for video chat, a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage (of which 2 GB are user-accessible), a microSD card slot, micro HDMI, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
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