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Vizio Introduces Its 2013 Android Smartphones and Tablets

Vizio 7-inch tablet

[Photo Credit: The Verge]

For the last six months or so, consumers have paid so much attention to Google and Samsung’s Android OS smartphones and tablets that some consumers get the impression that these two companies are all that matter in the Android world. Not so. Vizio, an electronics company in California, unveiled its smartphones and tablets at International CES this week. By so doing, the company showed that it, too, can create stellar products that consumers will want to purchase.

First on the list of products for Vizio’s 2013 lineup is its seven-inch tablet, what many believe to be a rival to Google’s Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 competition tablet comes with a 1280 x 800 IPS display, a screen resolution that matches that of an HD display. Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has the same dimensions, but is an HD display instead of an IPS. The Nexus 7 does come with a backlit IPS display, however. The cameras of both Vizio’s seven-inch tablet and Google’s Nexus 7 are the same, standing at 1.2 megapixels. Both tablets also run Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), although it has been said by The Verge’s Nilay Patel that Vizio’s screen resolution is a slight improvement over that of the Nexus 7. The Vizio 7 tablet will ship with Android 4.2 when the time arrives, although the Nexus 7 has already updated by name and is running the same Android OS update.

What kind of memory storage does Vizio’s 7-inch tablet have? Vizio’s tablet provides a mere 16GB of storage, a memory storage amount that is sure to disappoint some who may want to purchase Vizio’s tablet and leave Google’s Nexus 7. The strength of the Nexus 7 is displayed here, as the Nexus 7 offers both 16GB and 32GB flavors with its 7-inch tablet. Both the Vizio 7 and the Nexus 7 run by way of a NVIDIA Tegra-3 core processor, which means that you will get terrific graphics as you play games and watch movies. Vizio has a 10-inch tablet, what David Pierce believes will have NVIDIA’s newest Tegra 4 chip: “The slate is powered by Nvidia’s brand-new Tegra 4 processor, which should be faster and more efficient than any of the company’s previous silicon.”

Vizio 10-inch tablet

[Photo Credit: The Verge]

Here are some quick facts about the Vizio 10:

  • 10.1 inches
  • 32GB internal memory storage
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wi-Fi
  • Front-facing and rear-facing cameras
  • Android 4.2
  • 2560 x 1600 screen resolution (matching that of the Nexus 10)

As for the Vizio 10’s screen resolution, it is more than the screen resolution you will find on the 9.7-inch iPad 4 (2048 x 1536). We do not know when these two tablets will be introduced, so stay tuned to see when they are publicly announced.

Vizio 4.7-inch and 5-inch smartphones

[Photo Credit: The Verge]

The tablets, however, were not the only announcements Vizio made. The company also decided to step into the smartphone arena and battle with the likes of the tech giants (Amazon, Apple, Google, Windows) with its smartphones. Vizio has designed a small Vizio phone and a large Vizio phone. The Vizio small phone comes with the following features:

  • 4.7-inch display
  • 720p video
  • dual-SIM capability
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core MediaTek processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • OS: Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

In contrast, here are the specs for the Vizio large smartphone:

  • 5.0-inch display
  • 1080p video
  • 1.5Ghz Qualcomm processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • OS: Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)

While both of these phones place Vizio right in the midst of the great smartphone and tablet battle, Vizio’s smartphones will not appear here in the United States; instead, they will be available for purchase in China’s retail stores. Vizio’s tablets do not come with the name “Google” or “Apple,” but they should prove to be top brand if consumers come to appreciate them.