Our favorite UPS man just dropped off the Vizio 8-inch tablet (don't call it VIA anymore) and we cracked the shrink-wrap to have a look. It's 8 inches of well-made electronics, running Android 2.3.2, and priced under $300 it's something we have been itching to have a look at since it was announced last January right before CES.
First impressions? It's different. Very. It has a beautiful screen, and it's well-designed, feeling good in your hands. The edge has a gentle bevel, and with a full soft touch coating on the back it feels like you're holding something that should cost a lot more than $300. The software is also a big change from what we're used to, with Vizio skipping the standard Android practice of having multiple homescreens and an applications drawer. Instead, you have a user-customizable panel with all of your apps, and a "widget board" with your live content via widgets. We'll give it a complete run down, in the meantime there's a quick walkthrough, a handful of pictures, and device specs after the break.
- 8-inch 1024×768 pixel resolution display
- 1GHz Marvell Armada 600 processor
- Android 2.3
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of storage
- front facing VGA camera
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- microSD slot, micro-USB port
- HDCP compliant micro-HDMI port
- three stereo speakers
- accelerometer and proximity sensor
- 6.6×8.1×0.48 inches
- weighs 1.2lbs
- up to 11 hours battery life