Vizio's Media-Heavy Econo-Tablet Arrives Today

The Vizio Tablet, which impressed us in June with its keen video focus and dirt cheap price tag, is now available in stores for an easily swallowed $300.

The 8-inch budget slate had some bug issues when we checked it out earlier in the summer, but that was long enough ago to have knocked them all out. We hope. If you're looking for a cheap-ish device to be best pals with your TV, the Vizio Tablet might not be a bad look. We'll tell you for sure once we've got our hands on the finished product. [Vizio]

Irvine, CA-August 08, 2011 - VIZIO, America's #1 LCD HDTV company, announced today the new VIZIO 8" Tablet with WiFi is arriving at retailers nationwide. As part of VIZIO's continued commitment to deliver great technology at a superior value, the sleek, feature-filled, Android-powered VIZIO Tablet is now available at Sam's Club, Walmart, Costco, Amazon, and other VIZIO retailers at a breakthrough price of $299.

The VIZIO Tablet features VIZIO Internet Apps® Plus which combines the latest technologies with a unified, easy-to-use and fun user interface across select future VIZIO HDTV's, Blu-ray® players and other devices — further differentiating the sleek VIZIO Tablet. In addition, the new Tablet is able to control nearly every element of a user's home theater with a universal remote app and includes a built-in HDMI port with HDCP support for content protected HD playback on the big screen.

"We are excited that VIZIO is listening, once again, to what the marketplace is asking for with a high performance sub $300 Tablet," said Tim Farmer, Costco. "VIZIO's reputation is built on affordable technology and entertainment and this product is expected to generate a strong consumer response."
By offering cutting edge technology and exceptional features at a competitive category price, the VIZIO Tablet is ideal for a wide range of users. With support for Adobe® Flash®, casual gamers, movie, TV and music enthusiasts are able to enjoy rich content and applications on the go. It also comes equipped with a unique three-speaker configuration, strategically placed for stereo sound in landscape or portrait mode.

Additionally, parents looking to entertain their children on-the-go can quickly access the Android Market™ which gives access to hundreds of thousands of apps, including educational programs, games and eBooks.**

With back-to-school season in full swing, students will also find the sleek VIZIO Tablet an ideal and fun compliment to a busy year as it makes checking email, news and social networks as simple as ever. Multiple storage options make saving assignments and downloading music a breeze with a MicroSD™ slot that allows consumers the freedom to expand memory up to 32GB for optimal organization and entertainment.

"VIZIO set out to build an innovative tablet that breaks new ground and addresses the gaps in current offerings in the market," said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO. "The VIZIO Tablet offers a superior multimedia experience with its three speaker design, home theater integration with IR, and a perfect size for typing, eBooks, gaming and portability. These innovations and our ground breaking price push the category forward and deliver on our brand promise of Entertainment Freedom For All."