Vizio’s 7-inch tablet with Tegra 3 and stock Android 4.1 coming in H1 2013

January 7, 2013
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Once you’re done drooling over Vizio’s Tegra 4-powered 10-inch tablet, you may want to turn your attention to another tablet that Vizio has up its sleeve, a 7-incher that offers a pure stock Android experience.

Similar to the 10-inch cousin, the smaller tab has yet to be given a proper name. Here’s what’s known of the Nexus 7 competitor so far.

Talking to The Verge, Vizio said that its upcoming 7-inch slate with HD display will pack a quad-core Tegra 3 processor inside, and comes with 16GB of internal storage, 1.2MP front-facing camera, and – as mentioned – an untouched version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Note that the specs may change. Among other things, we might see the final build sporting Android 4.2 instead.

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According to the company, the 7-inch device has been designed to use in portrait mode in order to cater to folks who use their tabs to read. Vizio has gone to great lengths to keep the size of the tablet compact enough for an easy one-hand operation, as it has the same form factor as the Kindle e-reader.

If this sounds enticing, you’ll have to wait until the 7-inch Vizio tablet hits the market in the “first half” of 2013 to get your hands on one. The price, naturally, hasn’t been shared yet – but knowing Vizio, we’re sure it’ll come with a very competitive price tag.

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