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First smartphone from Vizio

Today VIZIO announced its first ever smartphone, the VIA Phone.

The VIA Phone is an Android powered device with a 4-inch touchscreen display. Under the hood it’s powered by a 1GHz processor, and offers 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS connectivity. The VIA Plus Phone also offers a microSD card for expanding the phone’s memory, although it’s unclear how much storage is available out of the box. A front-facing camera for video chats and a 5MP rear camera are also included.

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What makes the VIA Phone stand out from other smartphones is its built in IR blaster and its support for VIA Plus, VIZIO’s connected consumer electronics ecosystem. VIA Plus will allow VIA Phone owners to control their VIZIO television or other electronics that offer VIA Plus support.

“As part of the VIA Plus ecosystem, the VIA Phone and tablet are natural extensions of the HD entertainment experience that historically has centered around the TV,” Matthew McRae, VIZIO’s CTO, said. “Whether consumers are looking to enjoy content on the big screen, on their tablet or on a mobile phone, VIA Plus delivers on the promise of Entertainment Freedom for All by creating a rich and consistent user experience across all devices that’s accessible to everyone, from the power user to the casual browser,” McRae explained.

VIZIO will show off the VIA Phone and VIA Tablet this week during the Consumer Electronics Show. We’ll be in attendance so stay tuned for more.

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