IFA: Two ASUS Windows 8 tablets in Transformer style

By , source: ASUS


Windows 8 is about to release and a several manufacturers are introducing their new devices. Among them, ASUS has announced the Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT, which were first shown during the Computex, were they were named respectively Tablet 810 and Tablet 600. The new name should appeal more to users and is derived from the Latin verb 'to live'. In terms of hardware, the device remain unchanged.

As the names suggest, the Vivo Tab is based on an x86 processor, while the RT model uses an ARM-chip. Both tablets combine a regular tablet with a docking station, which doubles as a qwerty keyboard. We've seen this concept before with ASUS' Transformer tablets. The docking station also has a battery of its own, which extends the battery life by several hours. Both tablets have an 11.6" IPS-screen, with a 1366x768 HD Ready resolution and a scratch-resistant Corning Fit Glass layer.

While ASUS has yet to reveal the exact specifications of its x86-based Vivo Tab, we do know that the device will run on the next generation of Intel's Atom processor. In theory, this would allow users to run all software that a desktop computer could run. 2 GB of memory is available on the devices, as well as 64 GB eMMC flash storage. The Super IPS+ screen isn't just compatible with 10-point touch input, but can also be operated using a Wacom stylus pen, which can distinguish between 1024 pressure levels. The tablet has an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, with a 2 MP model being situated one the front. ASUS has also thought of an NFC chip. At an 8.7 mm thickness, ASUS has been able to keep the tablet's size modest.

Slightly more details are available on the Vivo Tab RT. Its 8.3 mm thickness makes the tablet just a bit thinner than the x86 version. ASUS has opted for Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor, which features an integrated 12-core GPU to provide the graphics. The absence of an x86 instruction set however, means that only Metro applications will be available. While this device also comes with 2 GB of RAM, it has only half the storage capacity, namely 32 GB of eMMC. The featureset does include an 8 megapixel camera, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and several sensors (GPS, motion detector, light detector and NFC). The Vivo Tab RT weighs 520 grams.

ASUS has yet to reveal a release date for its two Vivo tablets, but does indicate that they will ship in the release time frame of Windows 8. 


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