Jan 07 AT 3:59 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

Vizio tries again with pair of new stock Android phones


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.

Hit up the source link for additional pictures and video, then let us know what you think. Would you buy an Android phone from Vizio?

Via: The Verge

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  • Vyrlokar

    I might buy one of these, if it had decent reviews online, and more importantly, it was sold in my country. Thing is, Vizio may not be the best name to sell things in a Spanish speaking country ;)

    • amIT29

      what does it mean in spanish ..?? Vizio ?

      • Radu

        Well, in Italian it means vice, probably something along the way in Spanish as well ;)

      • Skelst

        Words ending in “zio” or “zo” are usually italian in origin. Vice is “vicio” in spanish.

  • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

    The 5-inch model is honestly a good-looking phone. I like simple hardware design that allows itself to take a back seat to the main attraction: The screen and the software.

  • Dr.Carpy

    I really like what Vizio is attempting to do. I like the way they are going with stock android, if that makes even one other manufacturer tone down their “skin” even better. Definitely a phone worth looking into!

  • Thomas Biard

    Stock Android means less UI development for each manufacturer to keep up with, so updates may be quicker than most. I’d consider a Vizio phone if it becomes available here. Plus their price model on most/all their electronics is very attractive.

    I have a 47″ Vizio TV and the picture quality is PHENOMENAL, so I am optimistic for anything they start developing.

  • RonWeez

    Vizio would be genius to market this as a high end unlocked phone at unbeatable prices like Google did with the nexus 4. 300-400 phone with any GSM service you choose to go to

  • jamal adam

    It seems like Vizio is trying to put together a connected system. One that consists of TV’s, tablets, smartphones, laptops, and Google TV. If they do it right I think this could work for them.

  • Ardrid

    More manufacturers need to do this. Having owned my Nexus 4 for about 2 months now, stock Android is absolutely the only way to go. Makes me wish the Customization Center rumors were legit. I would kill for an HTC One X running stock Android out of the box. Phenomenal hardware paired with phenomenal software is a match made in heaven.

  • c1liu

    yes stock android is the way to go.

  • Paul

    MediaTek chip? meh. But I really wish they’d push harder into the U.S; I could care less if it’s available in China or not. But if it’s cheap enough, maybe I can pick one up cheap on EBay. Meh, I’m more interested in their 10″ tablet though with the Tegra 4.

  • cliffy223

    It’s getting too crowded in the US market with more companies focusing on Android as their OS, it kind of makes sense why Ubuntu is wanting a piece of the mobile pie.

  • Nathan D.

    What Stock android that not a nexus O_o is rare these days. Hopefully, we will see more of these kinds of phone in the USA.

  • nikhilverma

    The design of the phones look great , but success will depend on the quality of hardware and software.

  • donger

    Not bad. Vizio products are nice.

  • AndroidBoy

    Finally a manufacturer who gets it!

    An Android phone without any “skinning”.

    I really really like this. Too bad the phones are only available in China.

  • WatcherJohn

    Two years ago I put off purchasing an Android phone while eagerly waiting on Vizio’s entry.
    I have Vizio TVs you see and they suggested interoperability.
    I won’t get fooled again. Hope they do well – without my coin.