Is Asus the new tablet king? The maker of our first-ever five-star tablet, and the preceding excellent Transformer range of Android tabs is now joining the Windows 8 brigade with the Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT. Like Microsoft's Surface tablets, these run on the new, touch-friendly Windows operating system for PC, which has taken tons of design and navigation cues from the familiar, tile-based Windows Phone 7 OS. No word on whether the price is going to dip to the Surface's rumoured US$200 though.
The Vivo Tab is an 11.6-inch touch-screen tablet that comes with a detachable full QWERTY keyboard. The screen packs a high-res Super IPS+ display with 1366x768-pixel resolution for true, sharp colours, while Corning Fit Glass helps protect it from scratches. Its ten-point multi-touch screen works with a highly sensitive Wacom stylus for navigation as well as handwriting recognition. Under the hood, it runs an Intel Atom processor wtih 2GB of RAM and 64GB embedded memory. The rear eight-megapixel camera comes with auto-focus and an LED flash while the two-meg front-facer allows decent video chats. An NFC sensor lets you sync NFC accessories wirelessly and quickly – and all this squeezes into a chassis just 8.7mm thin.
The Vivo Tab RT packs nearly the same spec list, though it runs on the quad-core Tegra 3 chip from Nvidia instead of an Intel processor – and it manages to slim down to 8.3mm and just 520g light. Its storage maxes out at 32GB, and it runs on Windows RT. Like the Vivo Tab, it comes with a QWERTY keyboard dock and NFC, plus the same snappers on the front and back.The tablets were first unveiled at Computex in June and they're now on show at Berlin's IFA conference, where we'll soon be bringing you the full hands-on preview – with photos!
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