Newegg prices Windows RT tablet higher than the iPad, then (apparently) yanks it from site

by David Needle

October 12 2012

Did Newegg jump the gun by listing the Asus Vivo Tab RT for pre-order with a $599 price?
Did Newegg jump the gun by listing the Asus Vivo Tab RT for pre-order with a $599 price?

As the October 26 release of Windows 8 draws near more vendors have been tipping their hand as to what tablets they plan to introduce powered by Microsoft’s new OS.

Earlier today, Computerworld’s Preston Gralla reported seeing an Asus Vivo Tab RT already for sale (preorder) on Newegg’s site for $599, a hundred bucks more than the entry level new iPad which comes standard with less storage (16 GB). But a later check by TabTimes of Newegg’s site, including via the link in Gralla's blog, showed no such device listed.

The ASUS Vivo Tab RT is a 10-inch Windows RT (the customized version of Windows for ARM-based processors) tablet with 32GB of storage, 2GB of memory,  and keyboard dock. There's also a MicroSD slot and an HDMI port.

If the entry price is really going to be $599, it remains to be seen if some of these extras will be enough to win over would be iPad buyers.  

There also could have been issues with NewEgg's listing; Gralla says Newegg had the Vivo TabRT sporting a 1280 x 800 touchscreen, while Asus itself lists a more impressive Super IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 resolution. The tablet has been publicly shown and reviewed, but like many other Windows 8 tablets that have been previewed, Asus hasn't said what the price will be. 

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