Asus takes on Microsoft’s Surface with three new Windows 8 tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

January 3 2013

Asus has launched an online portal to detail its new Windows 8 and RT tablets
Asus has launched an online portal to detail its new Windows 8 and RT tablets

With just a week to go before the Consumer Electronics Show, Asus looks like it is gearing up to launch its collection of Windows 8 and RT tablets.

Despite having previously complained about a lack of demand for Windows 8, the Taiwanese vendor is continuing its efforts with Microsoft's operating system and has now launched an online portal to promote its latest Windows 8 tablets.

The first of these is the VivoTab, a Windows 8 tablet promising a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor, an 11.6-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of memory, dual-facing cameras, a Wacom digitizer and the option to add a mobile dock. Battery life is pegged at 10.5 hours.

There’s also a Windows RT version of the VivoTab, the VivoTab RT, which offers a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, Nvidia’s Tegra 3 system-on-chip and options for cellular connectivity and the same mobile dock.

The third new tablet is the innovative VivoTab Smart, which Asus hopes to sell with the “Transleeve” accessory (optional). This is said to comprise a keyboard, protective sleeve and kickstand all in one, making it look similar to Microsoft’s Touch and Type Cover for the Surface tablet.

As with the VivoTab, the model runs the Atom Z2760 processor and hence comes with full Windows 8, although the display is smaller at 10.1-inches. The model does however boast 64GB of memory and 2GB of RAM.

A number of retailers are now pricing the 32GB VivoTab RT at around $499, while Newegg is offering the optional dock for free. The VivoTab Smart is up on pre-order at retailers for the same price, with the 64GB VivoTab currently selling for just under $780.

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