The Asus VivoTab RT first made its appearance back in August and now with just a day left for Windows 8 to launch, the company has finally announced the tablet’s price in the US. The device comes with an optional keyboard extension for a notebook-like experience and it operates on the Windows RT platform, just as the name suggests.
Asus has adopted a metallic design for its tablet. Measuring just about 8.3mm in thickness, the device has a weight of approximately 525 grams and it’s said to be amongst the thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch slates available till date. Processing power is drawn from a quad core Tegra 3 SOC by Nvidia that tags along the optional Icera 410 LTE modem. 2GB of DDR3L RAM arrives on board along with choices of 32GB or 64GB hoarding capacity. The company is also offering 64GB of free WebStorage for a period 3 years.
Owing to a hidden hinge, the tablet is capable of delivering a fully adjustable screen which can be tilted in various angles when coupled with the optional mobile dock. Additionally, the extension is capable of delivering 16 hours of extended activity time through a built-in battery and it is accompanied by a full-size keyboard, a multi-touch touchpad and a USB port. The VivoTab RT will launch with Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview tools pre-loaded.
The Asus VivoTab RT is expected to cost $599 for the Wi-Fi only version compared to the $499.99 retail tag on the Microsoft Surface. According to the company, a 4G LTE variant will be launched through AT&T, while a 3G model is also planned for various European countries through Vodafone.
Other features include:
– 8MP camera with AF, LED flash; 1080p video recording
– 2MP front-facing snapper
– Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS
– Dimensions: 263mm x 171mm x 8.3mm; weight: 525 grams