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Vizio To Launch Tablet, Phone, Google TV At CES 2011

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.