07
Jan
2013-01-07_09h59_41

If you like Nexus tablets, Vizio is gunning for your wallet. Today, the company announced a duo of tablets running stock Android. The first is most similar to the Nexus 10: a 10" display with the same retina-melting 2560x1600 resolution, only this one is powered by a Tegra 4 processor. Kal-El may not be a slouch, but let's be real. It's hard to not envy the 72 GPU cores that Wayne is packing.

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Here are the known specs for the device:

  • 10" 2560x1600 display
  • Tegra 4 SoC
  • 32GB storage
  • Front & rear cameras
  • Mini USB (Yes, mini not micro; see center photo below)
  • Micro HDMI
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (model shown running 4.1)

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As if that wasn't enough, the company also announced a direct Nexus 7 competitor. This one is nearly identical to Google's model: it packs a 1280x800 IPS display, 16GB of storage, and stock Android Jelly Bean (again). This one is also chugging along with the same Tegra 3 processor as its Nexus inspiration, which may be a downside given that these tablets aren't slated for release until some time in the "first half" of the year. Of course, when manufacturers talk about years in halves, it's usually because they aren't close enough to the final production to nail down even the month of release. Technically even June would still be within that estimate, but by then who knows? We might have new Nexus tablets at that point. After all, I/O happens in May.

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Here are the specs we know for this device so far:

  • 7" 1280x800 IPS display
  • 16GB storage
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.2 (demo models running 4.1.1)
  • Micro USB

As with the 10" slate, this 7" model is running stock Android although, very curiously, it appears to be utilizing the old style of UI. As you can see in the photos above, the time and notifications appear in the bottom right corner and the navigation buttons in the bottom left. Hopefully, this is something that will be rectified by release as not only is it confusing to market "stock Android" to consumers without carrying along the consistent experience, but the old interface is just uncomfortable on a seven inch display.

No word yet on pricing or availability for either of these devices, but once we get some more info, you will.

Source: The Verge (10"), (7")

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • julian

    so Kal-El is Superman, and Wayne is Batman. Batman is better than Superman... awesome!

    • Preetpal singh

      By that logic Mate, Jean grey is better than Batman..

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

        different universe though

    • ElfirBFG

      An alien and a rich guy. Psshh, give us a real superhero like Charizard.

      • Tyler

        Seconded lol

      • QwietStorm

        I'd root for Jar Jar Binks over a pokemon

    • PINJ

      Ugh

  • Paul

    I WANT the 10". AMAZING! The Nexus 10 has been my dream tablet for a month now, but I've always heard about how the CPU/GPU do have a slightly hard time driving such a resolution. Something I didn't really care about but took note of. Now to find out something of the same specs but with a much better CPU/GPU!? And the 5th core should keep power saving to a maximum, so probably better battery life to. Man I hope this thing is easily available in the U.S and soon.

    • Vandré Brunazo

      > And the 5th core should keep power saving to a maximum, so probably better battery life to

      Why?

      • Cheeseball

        big.LITTLE architecture

        • SetiroN

          big.LITTLE is another thing entirely.

          • silaslenz

            It's kind of the same. A bunch of good, big, processors, and one slow but efficient, little, processor.
            big.LITTLE uses Cortex A15 and A7, and I'm not sure what nvidia uses in it's companion core, but it's still the same idea.

    • Chronus719

      I've absolutely loved the experience on my Nexus 10. Granted, this is compared to the Transformer Prime and Infinity, which had shit performance,

  • http://www.facebook.com/leftfordead Jesse Campo

    Mini USB...Why?

    • wasd

      Power

      • BrianLipp

        i would have thought that too, but after getting a Nexus 10 im convinced that micro usb is perfectly fine for charging tablets, so long as theres no OS bugs. Both my N7 and N10 got to below 15% yesterday. Battery Widget Reborn says the Nexus 10 (which i plugged in at a little after noon and was charged later that night) average charge time is 8 hours, while the Nexus 7 (which i plugged in at around 11pm last night and it still isnt above 90%) takes around 13 hours to charge. Both use micro usb. The Nexus 10 has double the battery capacity but charges in almost half the time.

        • Cheeseball

          There are no advantages to miniUSB when compared to microUSB. They're basically the same, but microUSB has better build specifications (10,000 plug/unplug cycles compared to miniUSB's 7,000).

    • Vandré Brunazo

      ps3 controller? ^^

      • Cheeseball

        The PS3 came out in 2006 and at the time mini-USB was the more popular choice for devices. It's only until late 2007 and onwards that the microUSB trend came to be.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    This stock android revolution is making me happy,

    Question; has android now reached a place that dev's like the look enough to keep it or are google say hey guys give stock a go (maybe a little more sternly then that)?

    • BrianLipp

      it seems to only really be happening with tablets, which isnt surprising if the claims of carriers requesting changes is true

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

        And android powered games consoles ;-) but yes I agree with your point, I wonder how google can (like apple already have) get carriers to keep their noses out.

    • Paul

      I've noticed this as well. Back in the day Android's basic UI was missing certain things, and that's when SenseUI/Touchwiz/Motoblur was born. To make it more the manufacturers and to add some missing features. But it came at the cost of performance, compatibility, etc. and they received a lot of negative feedback. Now Android has picked up the pace on improving the UI, adding massive improvements all over the place. And manufacturers have begun to heavily tone down their overlays, reducing how intrusive they are, reducing the memory and cpu footprint, etc. To the point where Android has scaled up and custom-overlays (touchwiz/senseui/motoblur) have scaled down, they're beginning to meet in the middle. Even so to the point that on a lot of new devices, the custom-overlays aren't even required anymore. Should also make for staying up to the date on the latest Android a lot easier for everyone. My Note 2 needs Touchwiz, I wouldn't get all the S-Pen features without it, and cool little ideas like Multi-Window are there also and touchwiz is so non intrusive, it's not a dramatic change from stock Android, and has a very lower memory and CPU footprint, so I don't actually mind it one bit. I don't feel the need to go to an AOSP based ROM like CM10 or AOKP. I'm quite happy with my optimized/tweaked/debloated stock-based ROM with Touchwiz.

  • http://twitter.com/CaffeinateDroid Caffeinated Droid

    Is the storage expandable?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=619221414 Duan Hechter

    Well, it looks good on paper. If the build quality is up to scratch and it isn't ludicrously priced I don't see why not to buy it (if you're looking for a tablet, of course).

  • Stylus_XL

    This is good news and the response that Google was obviously dreaming of. Hopefully there is now a surge of Android tablets with Nexus 10 beating specs to provide real competition to the iPad.

  • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

    Hurray, Vizio. Finally a company that sticks to its strengths and leaves the software to the pros (first with Windows, now Android). I am not sure these will sell well without a marketing blitz, but at least they are trying.

    Also, this would be nice for all the markets that Google blissfully ignores, but the chances of a Vizio tablet getting out of the US are slim.

  • Mauro Oliveira

    take the mini usb and put a full usb 3.0 port and you have my money

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.cross.12 Brian Cross

    i just hope vizio does something about the durability of that charge port. the first 8" models were a disaster, and the location where i work had a large number of them returned within 90 days because of the habit of users trying to use them while charging them, which caused the ports to break free. vizio's designs always look good, but their execution and quality usually seem to fall short.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    The Nexus experience is about more than just stock Android, it's also about getting updates first. Don't know what other devices Vizio has out there - does anyone know their track record on updates? I'd still go with the Nexus 10, or more likely at this point, wait for the next Nexus 10.

  • brutalpanther

    Oh boy more competition.In this case that is great.Maybe the prices will come down to where a working man with teenagers and bills can get a slice of the pie

  • rap

    I think the 7" would have to be significantly cheaper than a Nexus 7 at least in the US if it doesn't offer any advantages. Maybe the purpose is to reach those markets where Nexus 7 isn't sold

  • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

    Those sound very interesting but I definitely like the design of both Nexus 7 and 10 more than these. In the end, it comes down to price to see if Vizio's offerings are worthwhile vis-à-vis the Nexii.

  • HotInEER

    Please take my money now Vizio. If this starts out at $399, or heaven forbid $299, that would be awesome. My only worry would be are they going to support this tablet and provide timely updates without root.

  • Simon Belmont

    The 7 inch tablet looks like it's running ICS, not Jelly Bean. That would account for the old tablet layout of the UI.

    You can tell because the Google search bar at the top isn't grayish like Jelly Bean. It's clear like ICS.

    • Simon Belmont

      Eh, on second thought. It might be Jelly Bean after all.

      The ICS Google search bar had a defining box around it, even though it was clear. This picture does not show that, and there seems to be a widget of the Google search bar below it that looks just like the Jelly Bean version.