Vizio Portable Smart Audio Speaker Has Built-In Android Tablet

Tons of speaker systems can interact with tablets, but few can double as one. Enter Vizio’s Portable Smart Audio series, a pair of travel-ready Bluetooth speakers with fully-functional Android slates built right into the body.

Available with 7-inch and 4.7-inch displays, the Portable Smart Audio device has an all-black design with a touchscreen sandwiched between either speaker. The 4.7-inch model has a brick-like shape that can easily fit into a bookbag, while the heftier 7-inch version has a handle at the bottom for portability.

Vizio played us a short clip of an electronic dance track on the 7-inch Smart Audio speaker, and the thick bass was as well-represented as the snappy snare. An acoustic folk song on the 4.7-inch version rendered audio quality that was almost as clear as that of its big brother.

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According to Vizio, the Wi-Fi enabled speakers will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, allowing users to enjoy crisp 2-channel audio from Spotify, Netflix and the bevy of Android games available on Google Play. The device sports a USB port for accessing external content, and will come with an undisclosed amount of onboard storage.

If you want an all-in-one interface for finding your favorite music and playing it through high-quality speakers, Vizio’s Portable Smart Audio series is shaping up to be a solid addition to the living room. We look forward to testing the final build of the unit, which currently has no price, battery life claims or release date.

Michael Andronico
Michael Andronico
A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
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