Vizio prepping 10-inch Jelly Bean tablet with Tegra 4, 7-inch slate and two phones also in the worksAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
The wrapping from NVIDIA's official unveiling of its new Tegra 4 processor may still be on the floor of The Palms hotel in Las Vegas, but that hasn't stopped one company from revealing a fresh Android slate that's got the chip inside. Vizio has revealed to The Verge that it's prepping a new Android tablet with Tegra 4 inside, which is a quad-core chip with a fifth companion core for battery savings and also packs 72 GPU cores. The Tegra 4 isn't the only high-end spec that this Vizio slate features, as it's also got a 10.1-inch 2560x1600 display that ought to please folks hoping for more high-res screens like the one found in the Nexus 10. The 10-inch Vizio tablet also packs a clean version of Android 4.1 (though 4.2 is expected to come preloaded at launch), 32GB storage, and a set of front and rear cameras inside a body that The Verge describes as "really, really light."
Moving on down a screen size, Vizio has also confirmed that it's prepping a 7-inch Android tablet that's designed to be held in portrait orientation, a decision that Vizio said was made since it sees most people using 7-inch products for reading. Just like its 10-inch brother, this 7-inch slate will feature a clean build of Android 4.2 at launch, though Vizio will likely preload some apps onto it. Buried inside the device's body is a Tegra 3 core and 16GB of storage, and plastered on the tablet's face is a 7-inch 1280x800 display and 1.2-megapixel camera.
Vizio's also got a pair of new Android smartphones in the pipeline, with a 5-inch 1080p model and a 4.7-inch 720p unit that are both running Android Jelly Bean with a set of four on-screen navigation keys. The bigger of the two also touts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM and a white plastic unibody design. Meanwhile, the (not much) smaller 4.7-inch device has a 1.2GHz dual-core chip and 1GB RAM, but also packs Jelly Bean as its Android dessert of choice. Unfortunately for folks whose interest has been pique by these two phones, Vizio says that they'll only be headed to China, a decision that the company has said was made because it's easier to sell phones to buyers in China than it is to deal with the carriers here in the U.S.
These new devices aren't Vizio's first attempts at a tablet or smartphone, as the company actually introduced an 8-inch slate and 4-inch handset at CES two years ago, though neither product really seemed to take off with consumers. We'll have to wait and see if these new devices can do any better, but the fact that the 10-inch model packs a Tegra 4 processor should at least help it gain some attention. Vizio hasn't said when its 10-inch tablet will be launching or how much it'll cost when it does, but the 7-inch unit is expected to arrive in in the first half of 2013.