It was only earlier this year at CES when we learned that Vizio was going to be taking a dive into the Android smartphone market (everyone’s doing it these days) and even caught a brief glimpse of their upcoming smartphone. But things have been strangely quiet since then. We haven’t heard or seen any kind of leak of their upcoming handset — until now.
Thanks to the good ‘ol FCC, we see that Vizio is still, in fact, on track and bringing us their Android powered smartphone they debuted back in January. The phone in question is the VPHN1044G. This device is said to come equipped with a 4-inch 854×480 LCD screen with a front facing camera, 1GHz (2nd gen?) Snapdragon processor, 4GB of internal memory and support for expandable memory. On the software side its going to come with either Android 2.2 or 2.3 and Vizio’s own Honeycomb-ish UI thrown on top. The FCC filing is also showing support for GSM 850 and 1900 bands and WCDMA bands II and V which means this device will most likely launch for AT&T.
One of the most unique and useful features of the phone is that it comes with an IR receiver so that it can be used as a fully functional universal remote on Vizio’s full line of televisions and others. If priced right, I think this phone could win over a few people. It definitely has the looks, function and style to set it apart from the already crowded Android market.