The biggest LCD television manufacturer in the US, Vizio, is to debut a 4-inch smartphone, an 8-inch tablet and a range of devices equipped with Google TV as part of its new VIA plus ecosystem.
The phone will come with a 1GHz processor, a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, GPS, a microSD card slot, a front-facing camera, a 5-megapixel camera and HD recording capabilities.
As for the tablet, it sports a 8-inch high resolution capacitive touchscreen with three speakers and roughly the same configuration as the smartphone without the rear camera.
It appears to be using a traditional 4:3 screen format like the Apple iPad and consequently is likely to have a 800x600 pixels resolution.
Although both of them will be Android-based, it seems that Vizio will be using its own user interface as part of the VIA Plus ecosystem, one that feature a "unified and intuitive user experience to simplify today's connected lifestyle".
Vizio will also be releasing HDTV sets and Blu-ray players that will interact seamlessly with the two above devices and will incorporate Google TV. In addition, they will have a QWERTY universal remote with a touchpad, Wi-Fi and what Vizio calls "enhanced onscreen navigation including search and web browser".
No pricing has been announced yet but Vizio has been and still remains a US-only company, one that we hope will come to Europe in 2011.