The new products would put the leading HDTV maker in the Android camp.
Vizio was already planning to introduce a GoogleTV at CES this week. Now it appears they have some other Google (GOOG) products on order. The WSJ reports that they plan on revealing a 4-inch cell phone and an 8-inch tablet.
The company, which still hasn’t hired its 200th employee, is a huge player in the HDTV realm offering low prices on high quality displays. I expect Vizio to do the same with their smartphones and tablets.
This is an area that Dell (DELL) should have owned by now in the Android space. A few years ago, Dell was known for producing high quality computers and displays for prices that beat everyone else. Their Streak tablet is a nice piece of hardware but it is still being upgraded to a modern version of Android. Their Aero phone on AT&T (T) is a miss for the same reason.
Expect the 4-inch phone to be free (after rebates and such) on a plan while the tablet is a few hundred dollars more.
Vizio gave a sneak peak of its tablet during the Rose Bowl, below: