CES Tablet News: Toshiba Outs Honeycomb Tablet, Vizio Announces Via Tablet

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The TabletPCReview team leaves tomorrow for Vegas and CES, and while the show doesn’t kick off officially until January 6th, manufacturers are already jockeying for headlines.

More Honeycomb in Vegas

Among those vying for headlines is Toshiba. Though they stumbled with the Tegra 2-powered Folio 100 tablet, which was marred with bugs, the company is looking to rebound with an unnamed Honeycomb tablet.

The lucky ducks at Engadget got a sneak peek at the next-generation Android device and report that the 10.1-inch tablet shows much promise in terms of hardware quality. The Toshiba Honeycomb tablet will have a capacitive 1280 x 800 display, accelerometer, light sensor, two digital cameras (5-megapixel back and 2-megapixel front), and full-sized USB and HDMI ports, along with a mini-USB port and SD slot.

PC Magazine also previewed the tablet, and they reported additional specs, including:

  • Dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
  • 1080p playback, 720p display
  • On-screen keyboard features haptic feedback, just like the Toshiba Libretto W100
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, built-in GPS
  • Dimensions: 10.7 x 6.9 x .6 inches
  • Swappable rubberized backing and a replaceable battery

Toshiba claims it will launch the tablet in the first half of 2011, which means it is probably waiting on Honeycomb availability. In fact, Toshiba did not even turn on the device for the preview, the reps only showed off the hardware. This lends more evidence to reports that Google gave Motorola first dibs on Google’s Android tablet OS.

 

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Vizio Tablet Revealed

Even though Vizio revealed its new tablet during a football game, we still say it came out of left field.

Vizio Via TabletVizio, a company known for low-cost HDTVs, will announce the eight-inch Via Tablet along with a smartphone at CES. Both devices will run Google Android complete with Android Market access and will ship this summer.

The Via Tablet will have a capacitive eight-inch screen, three speakers, a front-facing digital camera for video chat, and 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity, according to the Wall Street Journal. In addition, it will sport a 1GHz processor, GPS, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, and HDMI ouput.

Finally, both the Via Tablet and Vizio smartphone will have a built-in IR blaster to turn the Android-powered devices into universal remotes.

Via Tablet at the Rose Bowl

The Via Tablet first made an appearance during a Vizio commercial at the Rose Bowl, which the company sponsored.

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