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ASUS didn't give a launch date for its new tablets, but they're due in the "coming weeks"

Many PC makers have announced Windows 8 tablets, but shocked customers with their high prices. However, ASUS unveiled a few new Windows 8 tablets today, including one below $500. 

ASUS introduced three new tablets today: the VivoTab Smart for $499, the VivoTab RT for $599 and the 11.6-inch VivoTab for $799.

You're probably wondering why the VivoTab Smart is so special when the Dell XPS Windows 8 tablet and the Microsoft Surface are both priced at $499, too. The difference is that the VivoTab Smart is one of the only Windows 8 tablets with an Intel processor priced below $500. The Dell XPS has an ARM-based processor while the Surface RT has a quad-core Tegra 3 processor by NVIDIA and runs the RT version of Windows 8.

The VivoTab Smart has a 10.1-inch display, an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, an 8 MP camera and eight to nine hours of battery life -- all for $499.

The VivoTab and VivoTab RT both run Windows RT and have ARM-based processors.

Not many hardware-related specs were announced today, but ASUS is offering a few accessories to compliment its Windows 8 tablets. The optional extras include a wireless keyboard and screen protector called TranSleeve, and a keyboard dock that turns the tablets into laptops.

ASUS didn't give a launch date for its new tablets, but they're due in the "coming weeks."

ASUS VivoTab Smart [Image Source: Ubergizmo]

Source: ComputerWorld



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RE: I don't get it...
By theapparition on 10/24/2012 9:34:21 AM , Rating: 2
There is a lot more than just the screen sometimes. For example, a much larger battery could possibly be included as well, among other things.

But by now everyone should know that prices are set at points where the market will bear. Do you think it actually costs Apple $100 to add 16GB of memory to their iPad. And it costs the same $100 to then add 32GB of memory to move to the 64GB model. Prices are driven by perceived value from the customer, not actual cost.


RE: I don't get it...
By mcnabney on 10/24/2012 9:39:53 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure if the price is set where the market will bear when they haven't sold one yet. They are just jacking prices up high to see if they can find some suckers. They can always drop them.


RE: I don't get it...
By Mitch101 on 10/24/2012 7:33:03 PM , Rating: 2
Quite possibly and if they dont sell initially or a quad processor comes out in a couple months these will drop in price. Again Ill stress Black Friday will be here in about a month.

Anyone remember Apple dropping the price of iPhone by $200 two months after it went on sale.
http://www.apple.com/hotnews/openiphoneletter/


RE: I don't get it...
By MadMan007 on 10/24/2012 10:13:04 AM , Rating: 2
In RDF land, prices set you!

By that I mean that while in theory pricing is determined perfectly by supply/demand, with Apple it's a little different because of their quite strict MAP pricing. With Windows tablets we may see more true market pricing because of competition and street pricing.


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