Prior to today, nobody really knew (or at least remembered) that a Vizio tablet was in the works. However a recent leak from one of Wal-Mart’s internal computer systems indicates that the tablet is on retailers’ minds and on their inventory lists, and that when it does arrive it will be very, very inexpensive.
Vizio dabbled in some marketing attempts for the Via tablet, which it announced at CES and showed off in an ad during the Rose Bowl. But the television manufacturer has been mum on the Via since then, not making a peep about the tablet in the subsequent months following its advertising flourish.
Vizio still has not said anything regarding its tablet plans, but a Wal-Mart leak has provided a few details on what Vizio has in the pipeline.
In Wal-Mart’s internal system, there’s a listed product from supplier Vizio, Inc. with stock number VTAB1008. The device is listed as a tablet, and it was originally posted to Wal-Mart’s system on May 25.
And, possibly the most notable attribute of the listing: the price stands at $349. Obviously without knowing specs for the device, it’s hard to know if this is a good deal or a great deal. ViewSonic has managed to create a $250 tablet, but $350 would still come in well below the norm, especially if Vizio’s offering manages solid hardware and/or some unique capabilities.
The Via tablet announced at CES sported an 8-inch capactive touchscreen, three speakers, and front-facing camera. It was set to run Android and have 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. Additional specs included a 1GHz processor, GPS, Bluetooth, microSD, and HDMI out.
Just like the Panasonic Viera tablet also announced at CES, the Via tablet is set to work as an extension of Vizio HDTVs, allowing users to stream and send content between the two devices. Essentially, the Via tablet could act as a high-end television remote displaying additional programming info and running televsion-specific apps.
Panasonic has since been quiet regarding the Viera Android tablet, though reps mentioned last week that it might not ship to the US. Instead, Panasonic is concentrating on the Japan market.
We will continue to follow this tablet as more information is revealed, and we’ll let you know if it turns out to actually be the Via revisited.