With the official release date of Windows 8 is coming up, many devices are coming to the platform. Leading Windows PC maker ASUSTeK has shown up three different tablets. The machines are Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600T, Asus Vivo Tab TF810C and Asus Taichi. The first one is the smallest and cheapest of the series and is also the only tablet on Windows RT, a special version of the OS for ARM-based tablets. Here we review each product from Asus for Windows 8.
Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600T
As its name suggests, the device is to run on Windows RT. It is to come with a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ screen and Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU. Indeed, it might be a strong rival to Microsoft’s Surface RT, a 10.6-inch tablet on Windows RT. The Asus Windows RT tablet touts a finished metal look and it has a dark patterned stripe over its top panel. The gadget is only 8.33 thick and has a weight of 520gms. You can tether Asus’ famous keyboard dock to make it a notebook.
The Vivo Tab RT’s 1,366 x 768-pixel display is not bad, anyway. It is nice for watching video and photos. You have 8MP rear camera on the tablet and an additional battery inside the keyboard dock. An HDMI socket and a microSD card slot are two other notable features. You can increase the memory of the device using memory sticks up to 32GB thanks to the microSD slot.
“Asus has form when it comes to making tablets with keyboard docks, so I’m keen to see what the company can cook up here. A slick design and an extra battery in the dock are reasons to keep an eye on this Windows RT-powered gadget,” says the CNET reviewer. Asus is to sell the tablet for $599. That is, it is pricier than iPad and many Android tablets.
Asus Vivo Tab TF810C
The Vivo Tab is actually a Windows 8 Pro version of the above device. But, it is designed with a bit larger 11.6-inch Super IPS+ display. The machine is powered by Intel’s Atom Z2760 processor. The tab comes with Wacom support and so that you will get a nice stylus to navigate on its screen. The Vivo Tab will also feature an 8MP rear camera for capturing video and images.
The Vivo Tab’s display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The device is bigger than the former, but looks smart and colorful, of course. The machine is also thinner at 8.7mm and it weighs at 675g. It is highly portable as it is smaller than many of its rivals in the 11-inch plus tab category. Asus is to price the device at $799. The optional keyboard dock comes for another $199.
Asus Taichi convertible notebook/tablet comes with dual displays. It has two 11.6-inch Super IPS+ (920 x 1080) displays on both the sides. It makes the device convertible; in notebook mode you can use a display with a QWERTY keypad and in tablet mode you can use another display with a stylus. The Windows 8 Taichi also has a 13.3-inch young brother.
The new Taichi series of convertibles from Asus comes with Intel’s third generation Ivy Bridge Core i7 chips, 4GB of RAM, SSD physical memory and other rich specs. For connectivity, the machine has dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB 3.0.
“The touch panels were very responsive, and quite bright, even at their lowest setting. The rear LCD had visible backlight bleed around the top and bottom, which we of course don’t expect to see on production samples,” writes the Engadget reviewer Zach Honig, who went hands-on with the device’s concept at the Computex Taiwan in June 2012.
Asus is to bring the convertible to market for $1,299. Indeed, it is the expensive model of the Windows 8 tablet from Asus. The company will be launching these gadgets soon after the official unveiling of Windows 8 on October 26.