Can Vizio's New Android Tablets Compete with Nexus?

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In an attempt to get its screen everywhere, Vizio is planning to launch new 7-inch and 10-inch Android tablets in the coming months—and they look pretty good.

Based on the specs and our quick hands on, it seems these slates could be something worth considering. The 10-incher, for instance, will come with Nvidia's new Tegra 4 processor, a 2560 x 1600 display, 32GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, Android 4.2 (at least, come launch), and front and rear cameras. That's solid stuff: similar in specs to the Nexus 10 and, according to Verge, nice and light in the hand, too.

Elsewhere, the 7-incher touts a Tegra 3 processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, 16GB of storage, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, and stock Android Jelly Bean. Again, pretty much level-pegging with Google's offering, the Nexus 7, and Verge describes it as all being housed in a surprisingly small package.


What's particularly interesting is that the 7-inch tablet, at least, is running stock Android: clearly Vizio had made a decision to keep things simple. It's worth remembering that its laptops come with a clean Windows install, unlike mosts PCs, and clearly it's decided the time has come to do that with tablets, too.

Something else these tablets will almost certainly have going for them: price. While there are no details on that as yet, Vizio usually manages to trim costs enough to offer its products at extremely competitive price points—which could makes the slates an extremely attractive proposition when they launch sometime in the next six months.