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Last Updated: July 31st, 2011

Update: If you're not into the idea of dropping $379 on this, then you can per-order it from Costco for $50 less ($329). Similarly, Amazon has the pre-order priced at $350, which is still a bit cheaper than ordering direct from Vizio.

If you've been counting down the days until Vizio releases its 8-inch Android-powered tablet, then you can breath a sigh of relief, as pre-orders are now live. The tablet itself is $379, but you can drop $20 extra and get a 16GB SD card and folio style case to go along with it. Here is a quick look at the specs:

  • 8 inch 1024x768 display
  • 512MB RAM
  • Front facing camera
  • MiniUSB port
  • Micro HDMI out
  • 4GB built-in storage, SD Card slot
  • Android 2.3

Although this tablet is sans-Honeycomb, it may still be worth the money for those of you who have a Vizio Google TV, as it's designed to accompany said device. It works as a large, expensive remote control, allowing you to send apps and other media directly to the TV.

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The homescreen is not exactly what we, as Android owners, have become accustomed to seeing, either. Instead of the typical multiple homescreens with widgets and a launcher, the Vizio tablet has a much simpler interface, with all installed apps showing on one screen, and that's it.

The tablet is expected to ship on July 18th, with retail availability arriving one week later (July 25th). If you're ready to secure one of these for your future, you can find the pre-order form at Vizio's website.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Jim

    Fail?

    I rather get the Asus Transformer with 1gb of RAM and 16gb of internal memory.

  • Art

    Yeah I thought this tablet would be around $200.. for that price better off getting a transformer.

  • Chillz

    Yea they're in the way. It's like the companies work hard on a tablet and when its completed they get excited by how good they think their work is and give it a baffling price tag. Asus is the only one who found a perfect price for a high end android tablet. With the transformer going for less than $400, who'd buy this?

  • Art

    Don't get me wrong, like Vizio products.. I have one of their 42" LCD HDTVs, if I ever decide to go 3D I'll probably get a Vizio as well, would be sweet if they included this as a remote lol.

  • Zach

    honeycombbbb but the remote thing is neat.

  • http://Www.DroidDoes.com Seekwense

    I would be careful buying anything tablet or Motorola from Cosco for a while! Cosco is one of the reasons why the droid x2 was a 500.00 phone and consumer reports is responsible for the device dropping to 99.99!! Think there might be a reason why the superior device to the Motorola droid x, 2, global, has become a glorified paper weight? Just please do some research because Cosco bought a crap load of bootleg DroidX2's from the Japanese!!! They are grey instead of black!! There are unconfirmed rumors that other Motorola or Froyo OS systems are bootleg as well. Its kinda funny cause i almost bought one but decided to wait for the charge to come out! Lol! Then i was checking out the droiddoes forum and sure enough the Droiddoes Guys condirmed it with side by side pictures!! If you know what your doing there is a rooted OS update that will allow the device to work but, again your warranty is void and phone is irreplaceable, and 2, the froyo update is not going to be released at all now ( May 26th) and i can't tell you how many people clicked on that pdf file and installed gingerbread update on the the X2 and destroyed there phones because they don't pay attention to details! Spoke with a Motorola rep acting like a furious customer and he accidentally told me that they are gonna basically pull a WINDOWS VISTA SCAM. (REWRITING THE FROYO PROGRAM AND IT WILL BE 3.0.1 HE CLAIMS??? AND THEY ARE ADDING WINDOWS 7 TO THE RUMORED 4G DROID X3!!! AND THEY WILL NEVER POST A THING ABOUT FROYO 2.2.2 NEVER COMING OUT!! THE ROOTED UPDATE I READ ABOUT IF YOU WANTED TO TRY IT LOOKS LIKE A TABLET HONEYCOMB 3.1 OS SYSTEM THAT WAS VERY WELL MODIFIED BY SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THERE STUFF!! PROPS FOR SAVING PEOPLE MONEY!!" BUT JUST A WARNING, SINCE THE PRICE DROP VERIZON HAS REVERTED BACK TO THE ORIGINAL 1.2.48 OS. ALL APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN UPDATED TO 2.1 OR HIGHER NOW SO YOU CANT EVEN REGISTER YOUR OWN DEVICE BECAUSE MY VERIZON IS NOT APPLICABLE AND YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE 2.1 OR 2.2.2 UPDATE AT ALL. THE HTC'S AND THE SONY EXPERIA IS THE WAY TO GO. THAT PHONE I THOUGHT WOULD BE A GLORIFIED PORTABLE GAME CONSOLE THAT MADE PHONE CALLS? WRONG? ITS ALL THAT PLUS THE BEST VIDEO QUALITY YET, 5MP FRONT AND BACK CAMERA/CAMCORDER YES FRONT MOUNTED 5MP CAMERA!!!! DON'T BE SCARED BY THE 480P VIDEO RECORDER? LOOK AT THE OS THAT IS INSTALLED AND HOW MUCH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL MEMORY THAT PHONE IS CAPABLE OF?!!! THERE IS A FREE 720P UPGRADED VERSION AND A PAID 1080P UPGRADED VERSION ASWELL!! CAMERA IN REAR MOUNT HAS A 12 MP DIGITAL PAID UPGRADE AS WELL. NOT TO MENTION ITS COMES WITH 5 PS3 GAMES THAT YOU CAN SYNC TO YOUR TV AND USE THE BAD ASSESS SLIDE OUT WIRELESS CONTROLLER. I DIDN'T THINK SONY WOULD EVER HOOK UP TO THE ANDROID MARKET SO I DIDN'T GIVE IT A SECOND THOUGHT BUTBI WAS PISSED WHEN I SAW THE PRICE IS CHEAPER THEN THE CHARGE LTE!!! NO BRAINER ON THIS ONE, YOU WILL NEED A FEW BATTERIES FOR THAT PHONE CAUSE I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!! GOOD LUCK, SORRY SO LONG WINDED BUT I HATE SEEING PEOPLE GET TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF BY CORRUPT CORPORATIONS LIKE MOTOROLA AND VERIZON FOR THERE TECH DEPARTMENT NOT KNOWING THAT 3.1 IS FOR TABLETS AND YOU CAN'T INSTALL GINGERBREAD ONTOP OF A FROYO OS. I do have 1 question for the droiddoes guy? Froyo turns into a form of HONEYCOMB OS down the road, but what does gingerbread turn too? Is it that gingerbreak and is that 3.0 or higher OS capable or is it gonna become a Windows OP cause T-mobile has tried twice and failed miserably? Just curious and Verizon is telling me the charge LTE is a gingerbread OS but I keep reading its a different OS called XT-9???? IF YOU KNOW I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR FEEDBACK OTHERWISE I'LL KEEP RESEARCHING IT. CAUSE IM RUNNING XT-9 2.1 WHICH CAME WITH THE PHONE BUT I CAN'T FIND THAT SOFTWARE ANYWHERE I LOOK UNLESS IT WAS THE TEMPORARY SOLUTION TO THE ROOTED UPDATE THAT YOU GUYS POSTED AND GINGERBREAD OS 2.3 WILL REPLACE IT SOMETIME THIS CENTURY! THANKS ALL AND GOOD LUCK WITH COSCO IF YOU GO THAT ROUTE...

  • http://www.thenewcanadians.com Ginger

    There is a new Touchsquid Universal TV Remote Control Android Tablet developed by a Canadian company for release September 1, 2011. Basically same features, but Touchsquid has 2 USB ports, and a special docking station/charger. See http://www.touchsquid.com