It's finally starting to look like the race to create the most affordable Windows 8 tablet is gathering steam. After Acer introduced the Iconia Tab W510, ASUS is now launching the VivoTab Smart. It runs on the Atom Z2760, but has twice the storage of the Acer tablet, 64 GB instead of 32 GB. While it doesn't have an optional dock, it could still be an interesting product. Hardware.Info tested it to find out.
The VivoTab weighs 580 grams, which is not a lot compared to the 601 gram iPad 2 and 652 gram iPad Retina. It doesn't sound like a big difference, but it's enough that you feel it. ASUS used a plastic chassis.
The ASUS VivoTab Smart has a 10.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1366x768. For a high-end tablet that's not very high, but many laptops still have it, and Windows 8 runs fine on it. The IPS panel has excellent viewing angles and colour rendering. The connectors include Micro USB, micro HDMI and a slot for MicroSD cards. The latter has a pretty effective spring, which will launch your memory card if you're not careful. There's also a volume button and a headphone jack.
The tablet of course has WiFi (802.11n, 2,4 GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 and ASUS also built in NFC. The speaker is placed in the back in a location that's covered by your hand when you hold the tablet. The rear side also has an 8 megapixel camera, and the front has a 2 MP one.