We just had our first in-depth experience with the Vizio Tablet, the company’s opening overture into the world of Android slates, and we’ve got to say — we like what we see. The device — which was just announced Monday afternoon along with the company’s new smartphone, the Vizio Phone — is still rather unfinished (the model we looked at was a hand-built device), but based on this early look, the company is moving down the right roads. We had a good chance to play around with the tablet, and we’ve got all the details, specs, and an in-depth video after the break!
The tablet is running Android, though Vizio didn’t say what version. To our eyes it looked like a variation on 2.2 or 2.3 — we didn’t see any indication that it was Honeycomb. There’s still some rough animation and very buggy aspects to the UI, but many of the ideas are incredibly solid, like the notification window which groups by application and age, as well as the ability to create your own folders or groups of applications and quickly page through them. The tablet is meant as a component of the company’s VIA Plus ecosystem, meaning there are going to be a lot of hooks into Vizio HDTVs and other products the company produces.
Vizio isn’t talking about price, though reps were emphatic about being “very competitive” with players in the market. We also didn’t get a solid release date, but the company is targeting a summer launch. We’re going to try and get some more face time with this device as the company builds out the OS and gets some final hardware, but for now, enjoy the hands-on video, and check out some close-up pics in the gallery. Written by Joshua Topolsky @ Engadget