Vizio to introduce Android phone, tablet ahead of CES

Vizio, the company known for its TVs and Blu-Ray players, is set to unveil its first phone as well as a tablet, both to be based on Android.

The phone is said to be called the Via Phone and will sport a 4-inch touchscreen, 5MP rear camera and a front-facing camera. The tablet reportedly will be 8 inches, will also have a front-facing camera, and have three speakers for sound.

That's probably the tablet Vizio teased ever so briefly at the start of the Rose Bowl on Saturday -- check out the video after the break. [via Engadget] It's claimed that Vizio will discuss these products on Monday, ahead of CES, but will also have product announcements during the official show. It will be a crazy week with phones and tablets galore. Stay tuned! [via WSJ

  • i'm curious about the tablet more-so than the phone. The moto xoom or whatever its called looks sick so far but im not a fan of 10 inch tablets.
  • If they are anything like they're tv's they will be cheap piles of crap.
  • ive heard that but my dad has a 32 inch lcd and my uncle has a 42 inch and 55 inch lcd and they have never had problems.
  • The galaxy tab was a little small
  • This could be promising. Maybe less expensive then other phones like their tv's are. But their products have been getting better so I will be keeping my fingers crossed.
  • holy shit! i just did it off my vibrant stock running 2.1 too! no fucking way! this is awesome
  • That ain't Flash, fellas. This video uses the new YouTube IFRAME embed code that detects mobile browsers and serves up HTML5 instead. More info at
  • In my best Nelson (from the Simpsons) impersonation, "Haha!"
  • that explains why my pornsites wont play videos
  • Porn sites seriously need to get their HTML5 going!
  • Holy horseshiznit, I just saved a bunch of money on my insurance by switching to gyco!
  • Well Vizio has used "VIA" as Vizio Internet Apps for their TVs.
  • I find it a sick humour in a website dedicated to Android and the video they post requires Adobe Flash. So only those viewing this with 2.2 or greater are they only ones who could watch the video..
  • Google and Android have always been a strong proponent for Flash. Just like they are for HTML 5, and rich javascript. Google makes money from advertisements, and the more formats they can deliver them in, the better for their bottom line. It just took Android 2.2 to reach a point where Adobe and Google could make it work. Trust me, Google and Adobe would loooove to have Flash on every Android phone if it were possible.
  • Actually, it's posted as HTML5 in an iframe. But thanks for the troll! :p
  • They had a commercial run during half-time that showed a tablet and phone in it's product line up. I noticed it then and thought it was odd... Now i know why!
  • Wehn I saw the commercial, I thought it was an iPad, i too thought it was odd.
  • I like vizio and have two if their televisions. I've been happy with the quality. I will defiantly check this out. Hope they don't put on some stupid UI over android.