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Vizio iPad 2 Competitor To Come With Built-in Remote Control

Vizio, the biggest LCD supplier in the US, will enter the tablet market later this year with a bang, at least that's the plan the company has with the VTAB1008. The device will go on sale at Walmart and other US retailers for $349, less than the $499 Apple charges for its cheapest tablet.

Robert Scoble from Rackspace has been given a sneak preview of the tablet, the first one of a range that will be extended in 2012. It looks like a bog standard tablet with a rather glossy and "plasticky" finish, an eight-inch screen, possibly with a 1280x800 pixel screen resolution (the minimum for Android Honeycomb) and two speakers placed on the top two corners of the tablet (when viewed in portrait mode).

It will run on Honeycomb although the preview showed Gingerbread. The Vizio spokesperson said that they had some issues with Honeycomb at the moment and will bring their user interface, the same that they use on their television, because Google is apparently "not very good at the UI stuff".

Other technical features that emerged from the short preview include a 4:3 screen ratio, HDMI out, microSD slot, microUSB port, up to 10 hours battery life thanks to a 6200mAh battery, a 1GHz System on Chip (probably a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2) and most importantly, a built-in IR solution that allows the tablet to act like a remote control for Vizio consumer electronics products (ed : if only Vizio was coming to the UK).