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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).

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.