Asus introduces VivoTab Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets

Asus introduces VivoTab Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets

Summary: The company has launched a special portal to showcase three models, including one with an optional protective sleeve/keyboard, that start at $499.

TOPICS: Tablets, Windows 8

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.  

[Via HotHardware]

Topics: Tablets, Windows 8

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  • You don't need another cellular data connection

    If you have a smartphone with Internet Sharing.

    When I switch my Windows 8 Phone's Internet Sharing on, my Surface has a 25Mbps 4G connection and I can support up to 8 other users. I suppose I could swap my SIM back and forth if I had a tablet with cellular, but having two cellular data connections seems very expensive. I'm sure both Apple and Android phones have similar capability, so to a smartphone owner, tablet cellular seems a little redundant.
    • Wow

      Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online(Click on menu Home)

      Happy New Year!
    • It depends...

      here in Europe, I can get up to 3 SIM cards on my contract, apart from a 1-time cost of around $20 to activate the card, there are no additional costs. They share the same datacap (from 1GB to 60GB full speed a month, depending on contract, then throttled after the cap is reached).

      Whilst you can use the hotspot facility, you also have to ensure that the phone has enough juice left to work as a hotspot.
      • Love those Europeans

        That actually sounds like a great system if the costs right. The Europeans are often bashed for their socialism and committee based approach to the world but sometimes it actually pays dividends to put aside some of the rampant commercial greed and actually regulate to the benefit of people.
        If I recall correctly, EU countries share cell tower networks across all carriers and the carriers pay for capacity, hence all users get a great network.

        But international roaming still costs!!
        • Free market pressures

          It has nothing to do with socialism, it is down to the free market pressures. A while ago, a bunch of "upstart" virtual carriers started offering very good packages, to keep up the big names had to start offering similar packages.

          Some virtual carriers are offering a "19.99€" all-net-flat (flat rate in all mobile and landline networks, flat rate SMS and flat rate data (up to 500MB full speed), but only one SIM card. I am on a major carrier, which costs around 50€ for a similar package, but I get 1GB data and 3 SIM cards.

          A lot of cell tower locations are shared, which reduces costs, but it isn't always so and they aren't forced to share, but limited availability of suitable locations often means that they will share a tower location, a "we've got a tower where you don't have coverage and you have a tower where we don't have coverage, can me come to some arrangement?" They will each have their own transceivers on the mast, they don't share capacity, AFAIK.

          My previous employer rented out space on his factory chimney to the all the major carriers. That netted a nice monthly income for doing next to nothing.

          The international roaming still costs, but the EU put severe limits on what the carriers could charge. It is still extortionate, but it is better than it used to be. Without checking the last edict, I think data is capped at 50€ a day. Last time I roamed, I got an SMS with a bunch of options and I had to send an SMS back with the option I wanted, before I could access roaming data, but you can also get it as a plan option or book it before you go.
          • Some better than others

            Hm... for 20€ my carrier offers 20GB cellular Internet at full speed and for 2.50€ (that is right, two and a half Euros) you can add 20GB more once a month.

            I still dream of the day when unlimited cellular Internet will be available across Europe for 20 to 50 Euros a month. :)
          • Whre are you?

            Which country are you in? Which carrier?
      • Plus

        With cellular data capability, an tablet can provide wireless hotspot services too. It has usually faster CPU (provides faster connection) and usually way, way larger battery to provide the hotspot service for more time.

        Also, it is not always convenient to run both devices at the same time. Imagine, you use the tablet for mapping or some similar activity that requires frequent movement in rural areas -- it's best to have it's own cellular connectivity.

        But, of course, those Windows tablets are really tablet-laptop hybrids, so mobility is not their primary goal, if a goal at all. (smile)
  • Overpriced And Underpowered

    That RT device needs to be priced about a third lower before it can start to complete with 10" Android tablets.
    • not competing, redefining

      I've been using my RT device for awhile now and I've found the experience to be quite different from my wife's Nexus 7. I was able to replace my laptop without missing a beat. Pretty much every ipad or android tablet user I know has had to keep a laptop around just for the odd task that their tablet wasn't able to take care of.

      I've been keeping up a blog on Windows RT ( Stop by and let me know if you still think RT tablets need to be lower in price
      • "I've found the experience to be quite different from my wife's Nexus 7"

        So you're saying a $500 to $700 dollar tablet is better than a $200 tablet. Who would have guessed.
        • ipad/nexus same difference

          I'd say the same with regards to the ipad

      • Re: I was able to replace my laptop without missing a beat.

        Correct. It is an new laptop form factor, not a tablet. Those who need laptops in different form factor will surely appreciate it, just as they did appreciate netbooks.

        Those who prefer tablets, will just use tablets.
        • Looks like a tablet / acts like a tablet...

          ...must be a tablet.

          Just because it has additional capability (at an additional cost) doesn't make it *not* a tablet.
  • Digitizer pen.....

    Very disappointing that there is no slot on the tablet to store the pen. That's a big NO GO for me. It's too bad because I like the specs and hardware.
    • Samsaung Ativ 500t has a silo built in for the digitized pen

      Nearly identical specs/price to the vivotab smart.

      I have one (wasn't able to find a keyboard dock though.) and it is really nice alternative to replace a tablet and a laptop. Having full windows is sooooooo much nicer than using a mobile OS for a tablet.

      However I think I will upgrade to the Ativ with the core i5 as I play some 3d games.