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Asus seems to like having its fingers in as many pies as possible. It was therefore no real surprise when the firm announced its Vivo Tab RT (TF600) series—Windows RT versions of Windows 8 hybrid tablets, in turn inspired by the firm's Transformer Pad range of Android devices. The Vivo Tab RT is a 10.1" touchscreen tablet that runs on the Windows RT operating system (effectively a scaled-down version of Windows 8). It has an accompanying keyboard-dock (optional) with a built in battery and an extra selection of connectors. This tablet has a Super IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio) and runs on the widely used Nvidia Tegra 3 mobile processor, clocked at 1.4 GHz here. There's 2 GB of RAM, a 32 GB internal memory (17 GB available) that can be expanded via the microSD card slot, and a micro HDMI audio/video out. Plus, there's a USB 2.0 port on the keyboard-dock. A 3.5 mm headphones jack is on hand for audio, and the Vivo Tab RT has an 8-Megapixel rear-facing photo and video camera, as well as a front-facing 2-Megapixel webcam. Connectivity is covered by Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n and NFC.
Microsoft might be leading the cavalry at the moment when it comes to spreading the word about its new tablet-optimized platform in Windows RT, but that doesn't mean they're necessarily going to be the class leading contender when it comes to hardware. Certainly, the Surface RT is garnering plenty of attention for the moment, however, we're now seeing a steady stream of alternative Windows RT tablets coming to market. Case in point, the Asus VivoTab RT, which takes the best design aspects of what we see from their Android slates, but with the backing of the Windows RT experience instead. Knowing its bait and switch routine, will it be enough to make it a complete and compelling offer?Although it's not entirely new in terms of design, there are still so many lovable elements that make it an appreciated offering. Taking some of it design cues from Asus' various Android slates, like the Transformer Pad 300 and Transformer Pad Infinity, everything comes together in a neat package with the VivoTab RT. With its brushed metallic casing, which is complemented by a rigid plastic strip, it maintains one very clean appearance that does wonders in repelling smudges and fingerprints.
We're very fond of Asus tablets – which we think are right up there with the all-encompassing iPad – and their wonderful features and solid construction always impress. We've already seen the detachable keyboard dock on the Transformer Pad Infinity and transformer Prime, and now Asus has brought it to a Windows 8 device in the shape of the Asus Vivo Tab RT, a Windows 8 device with a powerful quad-core processor sitting beneath the hood. So how does the Windows 8 OS work on a tablet? Well, for a start there are ‘live tiles', which you use to shortcut to apps. They're rather like Android widgets, updating information automatically – such as when you receive a new message. You can pin your choice of apps to the Start screen, and change their size according to their importance. It's also easy to find your favourite web pages and share files, Microsoft has refined Windows 8 so that it is more suited to touchscreen devices than Windows 7 was. Forget the small menus and other fiddly areas – now menus are bold and large, making them easy to prod. It does of course make the whole thing more simple, which won't suit everyone.
A Windows RT tablet for the masses, the 10.6-inch Asus Vivo Tab RT is also powerful, with its Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and Microsoft Office 2013 apps. Built from the ground up for Windows RT, Asus's new 8.3mm thick tablet is a do anything device for work, travel and play. It's the Windows equivalent of Asus's Android tablet cousins, the Eee Pad Transformer series, and like those tablets it uses the same ARM-based processors you'll find inside your smartphone. It joins a lineup of several new Windows RT tablets, including the Samsung Ativ Tab, Dell XPS 10 and Microsoft Surface. Like the Surface, the Vivo Tab is also available as a more expensive and more powerful Windows 8 tablet running on an Intel processor. Buying Guide10 best tablet PCs in the world todayWhile Asus would no doubt prefer that business users spent the extra money on the Asus Vivo Tab, since it sees the Vivo Tab RT as more home and entertainment-orientated - there's no reason why you can't also use this tablet for work email, word processing, presentations and spreadsheets.
Even though Microsoft's Surface gets the lion's share of the press, it's not the only tablet running the pared-down Windows RT operating system. The Asus Vivo Tab RT will be one of four Surface rivals going head-to-head with Microsoft's tablet this fall. And while it doesn't best the Surface altogether, particularly when considering its inferior typing experience and smaller screen, it comes pretty damn close. The Asus unit will cost $599 for the 32GB version, and $699 for 64GB. That's $100 more than the $499 Surface RT (also 32GB), but Asus includes a keyboard dock, which is an optional accessory with the Surface. (However, if you do want to buy the two components separately, it'll be initially sold as a Wi-Fi-only device when it hits stores on October 26, but AT&T will offer a 4G LTE version "in the near future.") Due to similar software features, sections from this review were lifted from CNET's review of Microsoft's Surface RT tablet. Measuring 10.4 inches wide, 6.7 inches tall, and 0.33 inch thick, the device is slightly shorter and lighter than both its Android counterpart and the Microsoft Surface (but to be fair, the latter does have a bigger screen).
If you've been waiting for the other shoe to drop in the tablet market, today is the day. We're a few days ahead of Microsoft's Surface and Windows 8 launch on October 26th but the folks at ASUS (and other OEM partners) have been given the green light to let fly with their Windows RT tablet offering today. Microsoft is allowing the wraps to slip off of their Windows RT operating system, a branding otherwise known as Window 8 for ARM-driven devices. And interestingly enough, it looks as if NVIDIA has a solid lock on Windows RT tablet market share, as not only Microsoft's Surface but the majority of Windows RT tablets to hit the market today are driven by NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core system on a chip. Let's think about this for a minute. NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC (4+1 companion core, please, NVIDIA would like you to remember that) has also powered the vast majority of Android slates as well. So what we're looking at here is a very interesting dynamic where, for all intents and purposes, the hardware driving many current Google Android and Microsoft Windows RT tablets is pretty much identical, especially when it comes to 10-inch slates.
Asus comes to the Windows tablet party with a strong tablet pedigree, which is just one of many reasons I looked forward to seeing the Vivo Tab RT. The company already has shown a talent for innovative design with its Transformer Pad series of Android tablets. The Vivo Tab RT ($599 for a 32GB unit bundled with a keyboard dock; $699 for a 64GB model, also with a dock) handles many tasks well. But as a tablet—one of the first running Windows RT to reach my desk—it falls short of its Apple iPad and Google Android competition. The clamshell-style keyboard dock is integral to the Vivo Tab's mojo. The Vivo Tab reflects the evolution of the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, right down to its keyboard dock, which turns the tablet into a clamshell-style mini-laptop. That clamshell-style dock approach has proved to be a winner in the Transformer Pad tablets released over the past year and a half. The dock provides multiple benefits: You get the flexibility of having a keyboard that you can detach at will; the dock adds only a modest amount of weight (1.3 pounds) to the device; and you'll get an extra battery and USB port in the bargain.
The Asus Vivo Tab RT ($599 list bundled with Mobile Dock) is an interesting slate tablet that can be equipped with a clamshell notebook dock. It makes a little more sense for most business and consumer users than the Sony VAIO Duo 11 (D11213CX) PCM1: , because you can go for ultra portability (just over a pound) by leaving the keyboard Mobile Dock at home. With the Mobile Dock, the Vivo Tab RT works just like a clamshell ultraportable laptop. With true "all-day" battery life, the Vivo Tab RT is a good road warrior machine, provided your road warrior's primary needs are the Web and Office. There are a few kinks to work out, but the form factor is promising. The Vivo Tab RT follows current slate tablet design cues. It sports a 10.1-inch touch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The tablet's sides are curved for comfort when you hold it, like the Apple iPad . Windows RT shares the new Windows User Interface (UI) with Windows 8, though Windows RT won't run older x86 programs written for Windows XP and Windows 7 like Windows 8 can. Windows RT is a more streamlined version of Windows that runs well on the ARM-based Nvidia Tegra 3 in the Vivo Tab RT, at the expense of backwards compatibility with older Windows programs.
Microsoft's Surface has captured all the buzz among Windows RT tablets, but ASUS hopes to steal the spotlight with the $599 Vivo Tab RT. Both devices have the same quad-core Nvidia Tegra processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of solid state storage, and both have Microsoft Office preloaded to give you more productivity punch than the iPad out of the box. But the Vivo Tab RT comes with a keyboard that promises to double this slate's battery life, while the Surface's slim Touch Cover keyboard doesn't add any juice. And that's not the only difference. Is the Vivo Tab the RT tablet to get?Click to EnlargeASUS knows how to make a premium tablet. Reminiscent of the Transformer Pad Infinity, the back of the Vivo Tab RT has a brushed aluminum finish covering the bottom two-thirds of the device. A grooved plastic strip goes across the top that houses the 8-MP camera, flash and NFC connection area.The front of the Vivo Tab RT houses a capacitive Windows button that takes you back to the Start screen, along with a webcam that sits slightly off to the right.Click to EnlargeThis 10-inch slate weighs just 1.1 pounds, which is noticeably lighter than the 1.4-pound third-generation iPad and 1.5-pound Microsoft Surface.
When I reviewed the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, one of the best Android tablets available, I ended with this: "If you want one device that's both a tablet and a laptop, I'd wait a few weeks to see what Windows 8 has in store." I said something similar about the Transformer Pad, and about the PadFone. Asus's modular strategy works reasonably well with Android, but seems tailor-made to fit how Windows 8 works. So I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when the Windows RT-powered Asus Vivo Tab RT appeared on my desk, and I ignored it thinking it was the Pad Infinity. Asus changed very little about its 10.1-inch tablet formula for its latest device: the Vivo Tab has a similar look, similar specs, and even a similar use case for the tablet / laptop hybrid. At $599.99 for a 32GB model with a dock, it's even about the same price. It is, for all intents and purposes, a Windows-powered Transformer tablet — which I've been wanting for months. Does the Vivo Tab deliver? Read on. Asus certainly didn't break any molds with the Vivo Tab. The tablet is a dead ringer for all of the company's Transformer models, though it borrows most from the high-end Infinity.
While Microsoft's Surface gets the lion's share of the press, it's not the only tablet running the pared-down Windows RT operating system. The Asus Vivo Tab RT will be one of four Surface rivals going head-to-head with Microsoft's tablet this fall. The Asus unit will cost $599 for the 32GB version, and $699 for 64GB. While that's $100 more than the $499 Surface RT (also 32GB), the Asus includes a keyboard dock, which is an optional accessory with the Surface. It'll be initially sold as a Wi-Fi-only device when it hits stores on October 26, but AT&T will offer a 4G LTE version "in the near future." By itself, the tablet measures 10.4 inches wide, 6.7 inches tall, and 0.33 inch thick. At just 1.18 pounds, it's easy and comfortable to hold with one hand. If you hold it for an extended period of time, though, it'll begin to weigh down on you unless you grasp it with two hands. On the left side are a mobile dock latch, which lets you attach the unit to the keyboard hinge, a microSD card slot, and a Micro-HDMI port. Up top are a sleep/power button and a manual reset hole for when you want to hard-reset the device. On the right are a 3.5mm headphone jack and a volume rocker.
The Asus Vivo Tab is one of the first devices to come out running Windows RT, the tablet version of Windows 8, but is it worth the $600 price tag?With the Vivo Tab, Asus joins more than two dozen other cutting-edge laptops, tablets, and hybrids running some version of Windows 8 this holiday season. (It's actually the first model sporting Windows RT that Digital Trends has reviewed.) With Windows 8, Microsoft is boldly reinventing its Windows operating system, and to mark the occasion, most device manufacturers are rethinking the idea of tablets and PCs as well. In the hybrid tablet game, Asus has a leg up. In the last two years, it has been one of the only successful manufacturers making Android tablets, thanks to its Transformer line. The Vivo Tab is essentially the next generation of the Transformer series. It runs on the same hardware and a limited version of Windows 8 called “Windows RT.” Can Windows 8 match Android? Does the Keyboard dock turn this tablet into a full-fledged PC? Find out below. Asus has been making tablets with snap-on keyboard docks for a year and a half now, and it shows. The Vivo Tab RT is as thin and sleek looking as any tablet you're going to find in today's market, which is dominated by the iPad.
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