Vizio may be getting ready to launch its first Windows 8 tablet. The company unveiled an 11.6 inch tablet with an AMD Z-60 Hondo Processor and Windows 8 software at CES in January. And now the Vizio MT11X-A1 has shown up at the FCC website.
While the FCC documents don’t tell us much about the tablet’s specs, the model Vizio was showing off in January had a 1 GHz AMD Z-60 “Hondo” dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 1920 x 1080 pixel display.
The tablet weighs about 1.7 pounds and measures about 0.4 inches thick.
In January I noted that the Vizio tablet felt about as responsive as similar models with Intel Atom chips — but I didn’t really have time to run any benchmarks or do any heavy-duty work on the tablet.
The biggest challenge I saw was actually the 1080p display. While full-screen, Windows 8-style apps look great on high-resolution screens, one of the advantages of choosing a Windows 8 tablet over an Android or iOS model is the ability to run desktop software such as Office, Photoshop, or QuickBooks. And once you switch to desktop mode, an 11.6 inch display with a 1080p resolution leaves you looking at incredibly tiny text and graphics.
It’s been more than 5 months since Vizio first unveiled the tablet, so it’s possible some of the specs or software have been changed since then. AMD’s next-gen low-power processors, code-named “Temash,” are starting to hit the streets, for example. So I wouldn’t be surprised if the Hondo chip in this tablet were swapped out for something a little faster.