ASUS Announces New Windows 8 Tablets, Including One for Under $500
October 23, 2012 9:43 PM
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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]
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RE: I don't get it...
10/25/2012 10:50:01 AM
If they really wanted to make succesful tablet lineup they should have tied it in to a selective version of the XBL store. There are plenty of indie games on the XBL that would run on a tablet, maybe even some full titles from the original XBox. They could even tie high scores and user accounts together to unify the "microsoft experience" across platforms.
This would have silenced any negative rumblings of the underpopulated app store inherant to any new mobile platform. Being the first to bring console indie titles to the mobile sector is a sure fire hit right out of the box. The main reason I want a Surface Pro is to play my steam games from my PC on it.
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