While we've known about Asus' Windows 8 tablets for some time, it looks like it's finally time for the company to start rolling them out. There's now a special online portal for the Asus VivoTab series that provides more details about the three models.
One of them, the VivoTab RT, runs Windows RT and obviously competes with Microsoft's own Surface RT. It uses an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and packs a 10.1-inch 1,366x768 screen. Unlike the Surface tablet, it has optional cellular data options.
The VivoTab runs the full version of Windows 8 and is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core "Clover Trail" processor. It bumps the screen size up to 11.6 inches, though the resolution stays the same. It also includes a Wacom stylus for digitizer input.
Both the VivoTab and the VivoTab RT can make use of the optional mobile dock, which includes a physical keyboard and a built-in battery. But the VivoTab Smart (pictured above) can come with what Asus calls a "Transleeve" that combines a keyboard, protective sleeve, and kickstand as an optional accessory (in a rainbow of color choices). It's no doubt inspired by Microsoft's Type Cover and Touch Cover for the Surface tablets. While the VivoTab Smart runs Windows 8 and uses the Atom Z2760 processor, it has a smaller 10.1-inch display.
Numerous retailers have the 32GB VivoTab RT priced around $499, and NewEgg is currently throwing in the optional dock for free. The VivoTab Smart is similarly priced for pre-order, while the 11.6-inch VivoTab is available online with 64GB of storage for as low as $788.99.