ASUS on Wednesday announced a pair of tablets designed to combine its renowned hardware with Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 experience. If ASUS can manage to replicate the beautiful slates it put out running Android, I’d be comfortable in saying these will be ones to watch out for in the coming months. Surface should be shaking in its boots.
First up is the ASUS Vivo Tab, a professional device equipped 11.6-inch Super IPS+ tech, Intel’s next-gen Atom processor, 2GB RAM, support for 1024-level Wacom digitizer and 64GB eMMC of internal storage. That’s room aplenty for documents, photos and videos.
In addition, and almost a standard from ASUS, the Vivo Tab can transform into a full-on ultrabook through a mobile dock — complete with QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, two USB ports and secondary battery. Other specs include an 8-megapixel rear camera (2-megapixel cam) and built-in NFC sensor.
ASUS also has a Vivo Tab RT in the pipeline rife with Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC internal storage and 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display. The RT version of ASUS’s Vivo line also supports the company’s popular transforming ability, meaning you can tote the Tab RT around like an ultrabook.
ASUS has been one of the stronger competitors in the tablet market, so it’ll be interesting to see how that translates over to the Windows 8 side. With a lot of hype fueling Microsoft’s Windows 8 release, ASUS is certainly a company you want backing your OS. We’ll see how the tabs measure up when they’re released during the “first wave launch for Windows 8.”
ASUS Announces the Incredible Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT tablets intended for Windows 8 at IFA
Two new tablets with a dual-purpose design that combines a high-resolution multi-touch display and a detachable QWERTY keyboard dock for a great Windows 8 experience.
With a name taken from the Latin verb 「to live」, Vivo is designed as a constant companion that blends the familiar elegance of ASUS tablet design with Microsoft Corp.』s new touch-enabled Windows 8 operating system.
Vivo has a dual-purpose design that combines a high-resolution multi-touch Super IPS+ display with a detachable QWERTY keyboard dock to provide a great Windows 8 experience. ASUS TruVivid technology with Corning® Fit Glass gives improved colour clarity and superior scratch resistance, while the keyboard not only transforms Vivo into a convenient clamshell ultraportable, but also provides a secondary battery for prolonged mains-free use.
With an 11.6」 screen backed by high-precision Wacom digitiser stylus technology, the Vivo Tab is designed with productivity in mind, while the ultra-light Vivo Tab RT is ideally suited to entertainment on the go. Get more done, enjoy new experiences and connect with others in exciting new ways — Vivo makes it all possible. ASUS Vivo Tab
The ASUS Vivo Tab features the Next Generation Intel® Atom™ processor and has 2GB RAM with 64GB eMMC (embedded multimedia card) user storage. An incredible Windows 8 experience makes it a smart choice for professional and personal use. With support for 1024-level Wacom digitizer for precise work and navigation, ASUS Vivo Tab maximizes productivity and provides the best input experience.
Key to the Vivo Tab’s recipe for Windows 8 is the supplied mobile dock. This instantly transforms the tablet into a compact clamshell ultraportable, complete with full QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, two USB ports and second battery for extended use away from the mains.
The 11.6」 display with a 1366 x 768 resolution uses Super IPS+ technology to deliver superior visual clarity both indoors and out, and its 10-point multi-touch is complemented by Wacom digitiser stylus technology for high-precision stylus input and a more natural writing experience.
Despite its compact dimensions and ultra-thin 8.7mm and675g profile, the Vivo Tab still delivers superlative sound quality, thanks to the same SonicMaster technology used on ASUS’ award-winning notebooks. High-quality photographs can also be captured with the 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, along with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. The Vivo Tab also features a built-in NFC sensor, enabling the device to easily sync with other NFC-enabled devices. ASUS Vivo Tab RT
The ASUS Vivo Tab RT has a slim and light profile that’s 8.3mm thin and 520g light. It features the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor and 12-core GPU for outstanding mobile graphics performance, along with 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC user storage. Supplied with Windows RT, tablet users with entertainment in mind will find a great partner in the Vivo Tab RT.
The Vivo Tab RT also has the same innovative Transformer design as the Vivo Tab and is supplied with its own mobile dock that provides a QWERTY keyboard, track pad, USB port and built-in battery.
Windows 8 apps, games and movies will look incredible on the Vivo Tab RT’s 10.1」 display with 1366 x 768 resolution and Super IPS+ technology, while ASUS SonicMaster technology ensures top-quality audio. The Vivo Tab RT has the same high-quality front and rear cameras as the Vivo Tab too, making it an excellent all-round multimedia performer. It also features a built-in NFC sensor, enabling the device to easily sync with other NFC-enabled devices. AVAILABILITY
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