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Vizio to reveal Android tablet and phone before CES

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January

The CES tablet computer showdown is already starting to heat up. Remember that tablet I referenced in my previous post about CES, the one that appeared in the Rose Bowl TV commercial? Well, late yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported Vizio will soon reveal an 8-inch tablet and a Vizio-branded phone, both based on the Android platform. The phone is said to have a 5-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing camera too, similar to the iPhone 4 and the HTC EVO. The tablet will have a front-facing camera for video conferencing and three speakers, according to the report. The devices will be called the the Via Phone and Via Tablet.

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This is the first of many tablet announcements this week, although I don't expect we'll hear anything about a new iPad until after CES. It's more Steve Jobs' style to jump in at the end, after everyone else has shown their cards, to go for a "winner takes all" move. Still, this is getting interesting and more competition is a good thing.

[Last modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 8:12am]

    

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