You will now be able to purchase VIZIO’s 8″ “budget” tablet at select stores nationwide. This 8″ 1024×768 capacitive multitouch tablet hopes to become your home entertainment companion without draining your wallet. If you take a look at the hardware you’ll find it average at best. Sporting a single core 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB of on-board storage (2GB user available, 32GB micro-SD expandable), the VIZIO 8″ tablet can be outperformed by the majority of current smartphones. It will be running Android 2.3 and while it’s not Honeycomb it does allow users to enjoy a much larger selection of applications. In addition to Android 2.3, the VIZIO tab will be running VIZIO’s V.I.A (VIZIO Internet Apps) Plus interface allowing for a unified, easy-to-use and recognizable interface across select future VIZIO HDTV’s, Blu-ray players and more.

If you start to look at the VIZIO tab for its intended purpose it’s not too bad of a device. You can control almost every aspect of your home entertainment setup via a built-in infra-red blaster and playback protected HD content thanks to a built-in mini-HDMI port with HDCP support. Throw in 3 speakers with SRS True Media Sound, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, a front-facing VGA camera, decent battery life and a Micro USB connector, and you have yourself one hell of a universal remote control. At under $300 dollars the VIZIO 8″ tab makes a compelling case as your next home entertainment purchase, especially with the promise of future integration with VIZIO’s product line and a possible Honeycomb upgrade. At the very least it’s worth a look.

If you’re interested in purchasing the VIZIO 8″ tab you can head on over to any of the following retailers for more information and pricing: Sam’s Club, Walmart, Costco,

Source: PR Newswire

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