The Vizio smartphone returns: In China

About 2 years ago, Vizio announced a smartphone that quickly died because of petty American carrier politics. As a result they decided to focus more on TVs and PCs, but just recently it unveiled two new Android smartphones, here at CES 2013, that we think can cause quite a splash, in China! Vizio 5

The first of the phones has a 5-inch 1080p display which equates to 443 PPI. That means super crisp visuals. The devices display is also laminated which making the colors much richer. The great feel of the display is almost unbelievable and the lamentation definitely takes this display to the next level. Inside, to power the whole affair, there’s a dual core Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. Hopefully this unnamed CPU will be able push so many pixels without noticeable lag. A Snapdragon s4 or a next generation Qualcomm processor would be a good choice for Vizio. The 32GB of inbuilt storage can be expanded through the MicroSD card slot. There’s an 8-megapixel shooter paired with a 2-megapixel snapper on the front. The phone doesn’t flatter itself with a slightly glossy blue shell with chrome buttons and accents, here and there.

Vizio 4.7

The other phone is generally smaller with a 4.7-inch 720p display, at 312 PPI, which isn’t laminated and is instead accompanied with a matte finish. The inbuilt storage offered is only 16GB, but is still expandable. The processor is a step down with a dual-core 1.2GHz from MediaTek and only 1GB of RAM. Please don’t think the smaller one is lacking though, from the specs, it looks like it can pack quite a punch. Beware that specs don’t tell the whole story though, but running a stock version of Android will definitely benefit performance. This phone has the same 8-megapixel sensor, but the front has a lower 1.3-megapixel. The design is very unique, which is a good change from it’s generic bigger brother. It’s a reminiscent of the One X, but it also has the ability to pop off the chrome unibody shell to reveal the dual sims and an SD card slot. That’s definitely a unique mechanism

Vizio Smartphone Demo Units

Unfortunately, to escape carrier politics Vizio decided to sell this phone in China and not in America, where phones are sold with a contract. Vizio tells us that they want to get a sure fitting in this Asia market which is just exploding. This means it might be a while before you get to use a shiny new Vizio phone. You could also pick up an unlocked one online, Vizio mentioned that both phones will work on AT&T’s 3G HSPA+ network. Vizio has always been very aggressive with their pricing, so these phones should be able to compete. An attractive price and reliable hardware could make this phone an instant success.

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