VIZIO, America’s leading LCD HDTV company, says it is expanding into the mobility category with the VIZIO smartphone and tablet (VIA Phone and VIA Tablet).
These are stated to be part of the VIA Plus ecosystem, the next generation of VIZIO Internet Apps that features a unified, intuitive user experience across multiple consumer electronic (CE) devices including VIZIO HDTVs, Blu-ray players, smartphones, and tablets.
“Both the VIA phone and tablet feature the highest performance coupled with innovative features that tie them into the media consumption experience,” said Matthew McRae, chief technology officer at VIZIO.[ Also Read: Boxee Box Brings the Internet to Your TV ]
The VIZIO VIA Phone features a 1 GHz processor, 4″ high-resolution capacitive touch screen, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, a MicroSD card slot for memory expansion and HDMI output with HD video playback.
It also features a front-facing camera for video chats and a 5 megapixel rear camera for photos and HD video capture.[ Also Read: Now Get 3D Green Hornet on Your Mobile ]
The VIZIO VIA Tablet also features a 1 GHz processor, with an 8″ high-resolution capacitive touch screen, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, a MicroSD card slot for additional memory expansion, HDMI output with HD video playback, and a front-facing camera for video chats.
It also boasts a unique three-speaker design for stereo audio in both portrait and landscape modes.[ Also Read: How to Talk when Mobile Network is Down ]
Both devices include a built-in IR blaster with universal remote control app for quick access to the entire home theater or nearly any other CE device in the home.
They run on the Android platform, which will also allow users to access thousands of apps through Android Market, says the company.
The announcement was made Monday, Jan 3.