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Asus VivoTab Smart Tablet blends bits of Surface Pro and RT

Asus has a new tablet and it might look familiar. The company announced first details of its VivoTab SmartTablet at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. The VivoTab runs Windows 8(s msft) on a 10.1-inch touchscreen, uses an Intel(s intc) processor and includes a thin keyboard cover that doubles as a keyboard.

Asus VivoTab Smart TabletI immediately think of Microsoft’s Surface products when seeing the Asus VivoTab, of course. There are some hardware differences but the similarities outweigh those. Asus is using an Intel Atom Z2760 to power the VivoTab, which is 9.7 millimeters thick and weighs 580 grams. The 1366 x 768 touchscreen supports up to 5 touch points simultaneously. And the battery is expected to last 9.5 hours on a single charge.

That may be a key difference between the VivoTab and $899 Surface Pro. Microsoft expects the Surface Pro to run for about half as long as its $499 Surface RT slate; the latter is powered by an energy-efficient smartphone chip and lasts around 10 hours on a charge. Asus is using an low-energy Intel chip for possibly better performance — and definitely for better app compatibility — than the Surface RT but should get similar battery life.

Asus hasn’t shared details on pricing or availability yet. If the VivoTab is priced right, say around $500, it would give consumers more of a Surface Pro experience at a lower-costing Surface RT price.

3 Responses to “Asus VivoTab Smart Tablet blends bits of Surface Pro and RT”

  1. Intel Atom Clover can only run one app at a time without slowing downing. If you download or run a video at the same time it will crawl. It can not handle photoshop, video editing or cpu heavy games. Unless you are going to only use it for internet, video viewing, and office apps. It is a no buy, which is why people are waiting for better tablets to come out in 2013.

  2. Nitish Kannan

    How is the keyboard almost comfortable as a full size keyboard? that’s my main issue. Also Intel Atom Clover trail appears to be very fast from my reviews of them!