Vizio unveils 10-inch featherweight Tegra 4 tablet running stock Android

Vizio might be best known for its TV sets, but it has recently pushed the boundaries of its portfolio much wider and now at CES it brings its new 10-inch Vizio tablet that is running on the freshly unveiled Nvidia Tegra 4 chip. It’s not just about the processing power - the new Vizio tablet is featherweight, and while we don’t have the exact measurements yet, it seems much much lighter than similar products in its class.

Good news is Vizio is not loading a custom skin on top of the already brilliant Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is instead keeping things stock.

Design-wise, it is the usual slate with the accents falling on the rounded edges, soft touch back and relatively thin body.

The 10-inch screen has a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, and that makes it similar in a way to the Nexus 10. The Vizio 10-inch tablet will be offered with 32GB of on board storage and with usual connectivity options like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (with 4.0 support).

Overall, it looks like a very appealing product, if only for the super light weight. And it definitely fits into Vizio’s new goal to "make all the screens in your life.”

source: The Verge



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow a Tegra 4 with STOCK Android 4.2 & the sick resolution of 2560 x 1600 makes this a VERY compelling tablet. This TOTALLY came from left field. Vizio can make themselves a house name in the tablet world with this device.

2. MeoCao unregistered

And the key now is the price, I don't expect it as cheap as N10 but $600 for this tablet sounds like a fair price.

6. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

this tablet is really good and its nice to see something like this coming out of the manufacturer's camp...I would say $450 would really help the sales of this tablet as Vizio does not enjoy a big market share in tablets but then again its about time the other compaies stepped up and started offering consumers superior stuff like this one as 2012 was a very crappy year for tablets with something or the other missing from every flagship tablet!

10. MeoCao unregistered

Nexus 10 (32GB) sells for $500 and that price is subsidized by Google (or at least no profit). Vizio tablet has much better specs and they will need to provide customer support (unlike N10) and some profit too.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it is neither. Tablets cost around $200-250 to make. There is plenty of profit in that tablet. Just because they dont go for iPad massive margins, does not mean there is not profit.

15. MeoCao unregistered

That's only material and production cost. And this one has expensive screen, top notch CPU so I think the cost must be at least $300. Then you must add design and research, distribution, overhead, customer support including warranty, taxes... Look at N10, SS and Google point to each other when a customer returns with a faulty N10. There's no money left for that.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the new iPad with its HD screen and high end chips didnt even cost 250 at launch to make. The samsung and asus tablets were around the same. Products get cheaper over time to produce. If any tablet breaks the $300 barrier to manufacturer I havent heard of it.

30. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The iPad 3 did cost $316 to build according to: So, it is possible that the iPad 4 may have cost around the same or maybe a little less. EDIT: I mean it is possible for it to be a pretty good amount less than that given the fact that the costs associated with the screen went down from the iPad 3 to the iPad 4 (due to increase in production) and that was a major factor associated with the costs.

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

correct. the screen bump was the biggest factor in price due to supply constraints and it was by far the most expensive iPad built at its time. The costs go down pretty substantially over time.

16. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

you just don't price a tablet with the materials used. There are things needed to be considered such as labor, logistics and tax. I say it would sell around 500 to 650 USD also, this blows Nexus 10 out of the water.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the price given includes labor and material. ALL costs to make the device and get it to the store. Paying an i-Slaave $1.50 an hour does not raise costs much. That does not include things like advertising which are separate. Yea, dont get your hopes up. Until there is a retail side by side comparison, they are equal at best, with the edge to the N10. The N10 will have garunteed update support for the foreseeable long term future. That is not something the Vizio or any other device will be able to promise.. especially not if Nvidia is still pulling their tricks on demanding money for updates from the manufacturer.

23. MeoCao unregistered

We don't have numbers so we must look at N10, the closest thing we can get. N10 sells for $500 ONLINE (no distribution cost) and still there's no money left for customer support. We should remember this tablet has much, much better CPU than N10.

25. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

WHUT?! so you're saying that n10 has edge compared to this one? Better processor than n10 and better GPU than n10, yet n10 has the edge? Wait, where did you even came to conclude that. Also, this device comes with an stock android. Given that fact, it would have great update support. It may not be as fast as what comes from google, BUT, it would be better compared to other OEMs! Also, I think the update issue you're talking about regarding nvidia? I think that's just history already. I didn't saw one x having a delayed update. Actually, it's not nvidia's fault alone. It's up to the OEMs that make updates. Don't put the blame on nvidia alone if LG can't update their devices. Going back to price. Wow, are you kidding me?! 250 USD for ALL COST? ha? So, you think that 250 is enough to make a highend tablet, with all specs on the best state they could be as of now? Hmm, take some meds and rethink where you're going with your life. YOU'RE KIDDING ME?! LOGISTICS, TAXES, LICENCES, LABOR, and ADVERTISEMENTS. Logistics alone cost a lot, because you just don't consider the delivery of the finish product, you must also consider the material logistics etc. okay. enough.

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. your silly. I think you need to step back from the kool aid and give it time. Until there is a retail unit with side by side testing with the N10, we dont know which one is ACTUALLY faster and by how much. Power does not dictate cost to produce either. I think you need to do a little research before barking at my heels like a moron though. Yea, the LG updates were 100% Nvidia's faults, as it wasnt just LG, that was the example I used. Nvidia demanded money for the updated code and not all manufacturers were willing to pay for it. The oneX is a tegra3 device, not a tegra2 device. The oneX is also HTC's high profile flagship where the other devices did not hold such status. Apples and oranges. The oneX also CAME with Android 4.xx so it negates the point already. I'm talking about devices that were on 2.xx and 3.xx trying to get the update to 4.xx. You nutty kids and your wild eyed craziness. Go do some research. If your going to be dumb enough to bark up my tree you better come at me with facts, not your stupidity.

35. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Exactly what I'm saying. You're pointing out that it was all nvidia's fault, yet a tegra 3 device like 4x HD from LG haven't been upgraded yet. Can't you see what I'm saying here? I said, that what you're saying is already a history, it's a thing of the past. It won't be nvidia's fault alone. Also, you're saying that tegra 4 will suffer with what happened to tegra 2, yet tegra 3 didn't experienced such thing. LG has been a bad OEM in terms of updates. I know you're a fan of LG, because you can't admit that it's not nvidia alone to blame here. Give other devices that uses tegra 3 that didn't get updated. Saying I'm stupid makes you more look stupid. You said that n10 has the edge over Vizio's tablet, and now, you're stating that until there's a retail unit, we can't determine which is faster. You're contradicting what you have said earlier. I'm comparing two devices with their specifications, and as I can see, Vizio's tablet has the edge over n10 on paper. As of now, that's what I can conclude from the obvious facts that are given. n10 only has dual core A15 processors, while tegra 4 has quadcore. That alone can conclude which has an edge in terms of performance because of the fact that they both have the same architecture. Please, stick to your arguments. Don't contradict what you're saying. You're losing your point. I know what I'm talking about. Just stop the hate for once before arguing. It ruins your point. Seriously. stop talking about stupidity when you're the one showing it.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you obviously know nothing of architecture. They share very little other than an A15 base. The amount of cores it has is meaningless to compare to another set up's cores. Otherwise, by your logic the Tegra3 would be more powerful than the Exynos5 equipped N10 since its a quad core vs a dual core. Just stop while your behind. You still have zero idea of what your talking about. Here's an idea.. instead of blindly shooting shyt out of the side of your mouth.. look to the top right of your screen.. i bet there is a google search bar there somewhere. Try looking up what is actually going on and inform yourself. And if you had reading comprehension, I explained what "edge" the N10 had.. guaranteed updates. I never said ANYTHING about a power to power comparison until you brought it up. Again, you need reading comprehension. Paper specs are meaningless. Until there are real world tests with a RETAIL BOUGHT unit, the N10 reigns supreme. No, saying your stupid ... is saying your stupid. It doesnt make me look like anything.

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

And again, just because I forgot to mention, the 4xHD came with ICS out of the box, I am talking about devices that were on 2.xx and 3.xx that could have gotten the update to 4.xx but did not because of Nvidia demanding money to hand over the ICS code. You still dont get that simple point. Of course, I'm not really surprised at this point either.

39. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

OH GOD! Are you an idiot or what? Can't you see what I'm pointing out here? I said that Tegra 2's issue was a thing of the past. Oh for christ sake, can't you comprehend a thing? okay. I'm done here.

38. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

and where did that come from? Who says something like that? Tegra 3 v exynos 5250? Are you kidding? That are two different architectures! Didn't I say, in comparison with same architectures? You really are contradicting yourself. Also, the irony on your statement. I'm stupid when in fact, you're saying "your stupid". Yeah, gotta say that, it's really hard to take your own advice. By the way, if you can't comprehend what I'm saying, here it is. *you're oh god. blaming alone the updates to the chipmaker, and not blaming the software maker. That's about right. If they really want to update their products, they would do anything for it. Okay okay. It was Nvidia's fault alone if it would make you shut up.

44. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Just to point out: it's not a good idea to call people out on bad grammar when you use bad grammar as well. I think you are both wrong on different points. It's just best to leave it be for right now until we have more information. There is no use arguing price because, while we can speculate, there is no actual device in our hands that we can definitively look at to see what the component costs are. There is also no use arguing real world performance until we actually have the device on hand (however, I think it is very likely that the Tegra 4 beats out the Exynos 5250. I also would think it is likely that the Exynos 5450 will beat out the Tegra 4 when that chipset arrives). I think in the end we have to just leave it to personal tastes as to what product you buy. If you want a device that promises the newest Android OS as soon as it comes out as well as strong development support (for rooting and what not) then the Nexus 10 is your choice, but if you want the latest in graphics and processing power then the Vizio tablet is your choice.

29. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Just because the Tegra 4 chipset is new and more powerful than the Exynos 5250 (by how much is really yet to be seen), it does not mean that it is necesarily more expensive. Nvidia has touted offering chipsets at low prices to create tablets such as the Nexus 7 affordable. Remember, the Nexus 7 was released just a few months after the Tegra 3 chipset was revealed. Also, Vizio has never been one to offer high quality products at high prices. In fact, their business model is half opposite: offering high quality at low prices. Most of their television offerings are hundreds of dollars less than their competition while offering the same specifications. I would think this tablet can possibly be offered in the $400-$500 range.

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Vizio is KNOWN for good products that aren't too expensive. I really see no reason why this would change in their tablet endeavors. I can easily see this at the same price point of the Nexus 10 or even $25.00 to $50.00 cheaper. Vizio really has something nice here.

27. MeoCao unregistered

I guess it's all about timing, if Vizio outs this tablet in H2 then the cost can go down substantially.

31. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2429; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Shield is supposedly going to be the first Tegra 4 device according to nVidia. That is suppose to come out in Q2 of this year. So, I would guess that would mean this device won't be seen til around that time.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Yea, Id expect around the $400ish range myself. They dont have the name brand power to demand the higher pricing with samsungs and ipads.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

It sounds great, but its gonna take a lot to make it better than a nexus. The first thing I think of is LG's line of products from last year. The G2X and the G-Slate tablet. Both were stock android sets powered by Nvidia's latest. And both of them were stopped from updating to ICS official by Nvidia. Nvidia was/is demanding $$$ to release drivers for large updates. No other manufacturer does that. It stopped a lot of Tegra2 devices from getting updates. Until we see assurances from Nvidia that they've stopped that practice I wont buy another Tegra device. Fool me once, fool me twice... ya know.

17. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

NVIDIA does that? so ok, I'm also off to any Tegra Tabs for now.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, they did/do unfortunately. Having a stock tablet not get updates to ICS because a 3rd party is demanding more money really pisses a customer off (I know). So until I can find confirmation that they stopped that crap, I wont buy an Nvidia. I urge others to do the same. Hit them in the wallet and they will start to listen.

46. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

how'd you know this? i wanna know more. do u have an article?

45. deuel18

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

keep in mind it doesnt have microSD slot..

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