Not more than a couple days ago, electronics manufacturer Vizio announced a partnership with Google in which they discussed plans for Google TV enabled Vizio products. Right around the same time, Vizio announced they’d soon be releasing a phone and tablet both running Android under a custom UI.
Josh Topolsky from Engadget got to spend some time with both devices today, and the general reaction seems to be a very pleasant one.
The Vizio Phone comes in with a still un-named 1GHz “plus” processor, a 4″ 854 x 480 LCd display, 4GB internal memory, 5MP camera, VGA front-facing camera, and built-in IR technology for use as a traditional TV remote control. Physically, the device is very sleek – An all black front meshes well with a very bare matte battery cover. As far as the aforementioned custom UI goes, Topolsky praises it as “easily one of the most beautiful and useful variations that we’ve seen of Android.” Continuing on by saying that “In some ways, what Vizio is doing from a design and usability standpoint put the Vizio Phone in an iOS or webOS class.” Those are tall orders to fill from a TV manufacturer, but with connections at most big-box stores like Vizio has, it just may be possible.
There isn’t much else that can be said about the Vizio Tablet that hasn’t already been said about the Phone. Specs are nearly identical between the two devices; The only difference being that the Tablet has an 8″ LCD at 1024 x 768. It is worth noting that the Tablet still has the IR compatibility, and that the custom UI translates well between the two devices.
Look for both the Vizio Phone and Vizio Tablet to hit retail shelves sometime this summer. Until then, enjoy the pictures below.