ASUS VivoTab RT Available Now, Price Starts at $599
ASUS is already a very strong contender in the tablet market with its Transformer line yet it seems Android is not enough. The company announced that they would be one of the launch partners for Microsoft’s Windows-on-ARM, now known as Windows RT operating system. Hence, the ASUS VivoTab RT slate.
VivoTab RT looks pretty similar to the Transformer line at first glance. It has a 10.1” IPS 768p display housed in a slim aluminum chassis and Nvidia’s Tegra 3 silicon underhood. It features an 8-megapixel rear camera with an auto-focusing f/2.2 lens. The tablet is said to last up to nine hours. There is also a keyboard dock, which has a USB 2.0 port and built-in battery rated for seven hours.
The device basically offers everything users loved about ASUS’ Android-based Transformer tablets, except it runs Windows RT. As a Windows RT device, it comes loaded with all of the same stock applications available in full Windows 8 like Mail, IE 10, etc., in addition to Office 2013 Home & Student. However, the catch is that users will not be able to install legacy Windows programs.
Other specs include:
Dimensions 263mm x 171mm x 8.3mm Chassis Aluminum + Plastic Display 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 Super IPS+ Weight 525g Processor 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (T30 – 4 x Cortex A9) Memory 2GB Storage 32/64GB + microSD slot
VivoTab RT is available starting at $599 for the 32GB model, keyboard included. Alternatively, you can buy the 64GB tablet and docking station for $699. The LTE version has been reported to be coming to AT&T. ASUS is also said to sell the tablet and dock individually, but no pricing information is out as of this time.