Vizio Intros Android-Powered Speakers at CES 2014

Smart connectivity helps Vizio bring the noise.


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Vizio showed off its new Portable Smart Audio speakers at the International CES today. Their primary distinguishing feature? They boast an Android-powered touchscreen display.

The speakers come in two sizes: 4.7 inches and 7 inches. While buyers can pair these smart little boomboxes with other devices via WiFi, the main draw is using the Android-powered touchscreen display.

Besting many newly released smartphones, the speakers even run on the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, 4.4 Kit Kat. The system is powered by a quad-core processor for snappy performance.


Vizio's Portable Smart Audio speakers

Vizio says the Portable Smart Audio speakers have onboard memory for playing your personal music files, plus access to all of the Android ecosystem's music- and video-streaming apps. Vizio promises volume of up to 95 dB in the 7-inch model, and bass frequencies as low as 60 Hz.

The 4.7-inch model weighs a slightly hefty 3.6 pounds, while the 7-inch model tips the scales at 8.8 pounds. Both feature a 3.5mm audio jack and a USB 2.0 port. Release dates and pricing info are not yet available.

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