While new PC manufacturer Vizio impressed with its nigh-weightless 10″ Tegra 4 tablet at CES, its as-of-yet unnamed 11.6″ Windows 8 tablet also drew plaudits.
The tablet’s standout feature is its beautiful 1080p display, which in turn informs the choice of an AMD processor over an Intel one. The tablet is one of the first to come to market with the AMD Z-60 processor, which is a dual-core CPU running at 1 GHz. That’s more than enough horsepower for the full Windows 8 experience, and also ensures that you’ll have access to all of your legacy applications from previous versions of Windows.
The CPU is also reportedly powerful enough to run some games, although Vizio wasn’t demonstrating this on the show floor. These games aren’t likely to run at the tablet’s full 1080p resolution, but 720p is only a settings change away. Notably, the version of Windows 8 installed is called a ‘Windows Signature’ installation, as it includes absolutely no bloatware or added-on programs – you just get the core Windows 8 apps.
The Vizio tablet is backed with 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of solid state storage, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera and both micro HDMI and micro USB ports. These specifications put it behind pricier Windows 8 tablets using Intel Core i5 processors, which also typically enjoy 4 GB of RAM and at least 128 GB of storage. While you’re not getting as much raw strength, it does indicate that we’ll see this tablet appear at a lower price point.
The emphasis on hitting a lower price point comes across in the design, too. While the back of the tablet is covered in a nice-feeling soft touch material, the front of the tablet is a less nicely constructed. Specifically, there’s a kind of double bezel effect on the front, as the normal black screen bezel is constricted by a further silver metal one. That takes it away from the unibody look that’s been employed to great effect in the case of the iPad 4 and the Surface RT, but it’s by no means a deal-breaker.
Vizio are yet to announce pricing and availability information for this tablet. Count on an American and likely European launch later this year though, and probably at a fairly aggressive price point too.
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