Vizio tried to enter the smartphone market two years ago when they announced an Android phone at CES, but the device never made it to market and the project was scrapped. Now they are back with a pair of new smartphones that they hope will succeed in China. Even though these devices might not be headed for the US, it gives us a preview of what could be in store for later this year.
First, we have a high-end device with a 5-inch 1080p diplay, dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, and 2 GB RAM. A second cheaper model will feature a 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek chip, 1 GB RAM and dual SIM slots. Both devices will run a stock version of Android 4.2 Jellybean and include on-screen buttons.
Design wise, the Vizio phones look similar to the HTC One series that feature a white polycarbonate body wrapped around a flat black display. Vizio is known for their low prices on electronics, so it will be interesting to see the final retail pricing.
The Verge spoke with Vizio CTO Matt McRae who explained the decision to target China. McRae said, “The go-to-market path is very similar to Europe and is much easier.” Vizio might not have the relationships with the big four carriers in the US, but we could easily picture them teaming up with Straight Talk or some other pre-paid wireless brand that is sold at Walmart.
Google has proven that there is demand for cheap unlocked phones with stock Android, so we think Vizio could find some success in the US with some low prices and a big distribution deal with a retailer like Walmart.
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