Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.
Vizio's looking to go after the Nexus 7 owners out there with a new 7-inch tablet that's around the size of a Kindle e-reader. Similar to the Nexus 7, it's got a Tegra 3 processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, 16GB of storage, a 1.2 MP front-facing display and runs on stock Android Jelly Bean. According to the Verge, the device's display looks slightly better than that of the Nexus 7.
Other than that, the only notable things about this device are the fact that it runs a stock version of Android (which seems to be becoming more and more the norm for manufacturers other than HTC, Samsung and Motorola), and that Vizio could pair the device with their TVs down the line.
Ultimately, the success of this kind of product will be dependent, almost entirely, on pricing. If Vizio can price this baby aggressively, it could definitely do some damage to Nexus 7. How low could it go? I'd say, at this point, anything more than $150 would be a stretch. We're talking a bargain basement tablet here, folks, and with some pretty good specs. That is, if Vizio actually wants to sell these...
Has the (relatively NOT high) cost of the Nexus 7 made you think twice before purchasing one? Would you be interested in a similarly-speced off-brand device? We'll be sure to review this one before it goes wide so you can make an educated choice.