$599 gets you a Windows RT-powered Asus Vivo Tab RT

Thanks to the recent announcement that you can now pre-order Windows 8 machines, a slew of information on pricing for new Windows-powered machines has become available. Here we have confirmation on what the price of the first third-party Windows RT tablet will be: the Asus Vivo Tab RT will retail for $599.99, or $799.99 with the addition of the famous Transformer-like keyboard dock.

The Vivo Tab RT is a 10.1-inch tablet that includes a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, a 1366 x 768 IPS display and 32 GB of on-board storage. Visually the device looks similar to the Transformer line of Android tablets, with the Transformer Pad Infinity being the competitor for the same price - although the Infinity does come with an improved 1920 x 1200 display and a faster Tegra 3 chipset.

Interestingly this device is retailing for $100 more than the cheapest iPad, although it should be noted the prices are the same storage-for-storage. While Microsoft hasn't as yet released the price for their Surface Windows RT tablet, we could be seeing a price higher than what some people would like.

Here's a list of other Windows 8 and Windows RT hardware prices that have been announced so far:

Source: The Verge

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So for $599, I get a nice windows arm based tablet , that no one can install any programs on ,except for office for now.. Way over priced, even for a business they would be better off sticking with older gen tablets.

If Windows RT has to compare to an iPad, it's lost the game. RT should be better than an iPad, at the same cost, if Microsoft thinks Metro is really where it's at.

Well, Apple still have a shot with the iPad. As Windows RT can't run anything x86, the iPad still hold the advantage of a HUGE App Store.

Judging by the prices I see Macs dont look as bad as the price might seem. Might as well go for a Mac with these new pc prices, the specs arent up to par not even the screen resolutions.

$599 is supposed to be a good price?

Why does anything new always have to be so expensive when it first comes out? No need to answer that as I know why. There are way to many idiots out there who don't give a flying flip about costs and simply have to have it because they can, they think it makes them cool, and they have to play keep up with the Jones' !

If I ever get one, which is VERY doubtful, I will wait a very long time and by then, the prices will be WAY down.

cork1958 said,
$599 is supposed to be a good price?
If I ever get one, which is VERY doubtful, I will wait a very long time and by then, the prices will be WAY down.

Have no fear, I predict a surface fire-sale in the near future

Too expensive considering Acer's Iconia W510 with Windows 8 is going for $499. Clover Trail brings performance-per-watt parity with ARM and I don't see any reason for going Windows RT unless it's cheaper. Even the premium Thinkpad Tablet 2 with active digitizer etc is $649!

Subhadip said,
Too expensive considering Acer's Iconia W510 with Windows 8 is going for $499. Clover Trail brings performance-per-watt parity with ARM and I don't see any reason for going Windows RT unless it's cheaper. Even the premium Thinkpad Tablet 2 with active digitizer etc is $649!

bang on. Windows RT tablets being $100-200 more expensive than Intel based full Wimdows 8 tablets doesn't make the slightest sense. something's wrong with these early reports

Subhadip said,
Clover Trail brings performance-per-watt parity with ARM

That's what Intel has been saying for at least the last three processor generations, and yet here we are, and ARM is still far better bang for buck. Cover Trail is just another crappy Intel Atom processor that performs badly, just like the current netbook lineup.

Subhadip said,

and I don't see any reason for going Windows RT unless it's cheaper. Even the premium Thinkpad Tablet 2 with active digitizer etc is $649!

Even if the RT versions were cheaper, which they don't appear to be, there'd still be no reason to go with one. It has next to no apps, and no compatibility with x86.

[quote=simplezz said,]

That's what Intel has been saying for at least the last three processor generations, and yet here we are, and ARM is still far better bang for buck. Cover Trail is just another crappy Intel Atom processor that performs badly, just like the current netbook lineup.

clearly you haven't tried out a Clover Trail Atom

luiscamino said,

bang on. Windows RT tablets being $100-200 more expensive than Intel based full Wimdows 8 tablets doesn't make the slightest sense. something's wrong with these early reports

Having Office 2013 included probably accounts for that.

simplezz said,

Even if the RT versions were cheaper, which they don't appear to be, there'd still be no reason to go with one. It has next to no apps, and no compatibility with x86.

There are over 4,000 apps available for use on RT devices and while many are of questionable quality that will improve. Are ipad or android devices compatible with x86? No. It isn't a negative to not support x86. If you need x86 you'll go with Surface Pro or Windows 8 notebook or something.

Chicane-UK said,
$200 for a dock that has a keyboard built in? Are they serious?!

It also comes with a touchpad, an internal battery and I heard the first 50 buyers will also get a free orange squeezer.

Now, I know why Microsoft decided to make Surface. Those manufactures are really the ones that ruin the O.S with their cheap looking products at a greedy price.

Quoc Cao said,
Now, I know why Microsoft decided to make Surface. Those manufactures are really the ones that ruin the O.S with their cheap looking products at a greedy price.

300$ to 350$ will be good price for SURFACE RT.

Quoc Cao said,
Now, I know why Microsoft decided to make Surface. Those manufactures are really the ones that ruin the O.S with their cheap looking products at a greedy price.

Surface RT will have a lower screen resolution (1366x768), and without the option of a dock with internal battery (and many other features) it will have poorer maximum battery life. If the build quality is the same as the Transformer, this will at least rival Surface RT. The thing that really sucks about these RT devices is the low screen resolution they're all coming out with!!! The Infinity has a 1920x1200 display. Why can't ASUS at least make a more expensive variant of this with the same screen?!? Not even Microsoft care enough to improve things in this department. So much for setting the standard.

Edited by BattleDaggit, Oct 13 2012, 9:57am :

IronChef75 said,

Surface RT will have a lower screen resolution (1366x768), and without the option of a dock with internal battery (and many other features) it will have poorer maximum battery life. If the build quality is the same as the Transformer, this will at least rival Surface RT. The thing that really sucks about these RT devices is the low screen resolution they're all coming out with!!! The Infinity has a 1920x1200 display. Why can't ASUS at least make a more expensive variant of this with the same screen?!? Not even Microsoft care enough to improve things in this department. So much for setting the standard.

We haven't seen the full specs of Surface so it's hard to judge which one is better. I agree that the resolution is one of the selling point for a tablet. However, specs is not the only thing people care about. There are several tablets out there with nicer specs than the iPad but none of them succeed. What they want to see is the price point. Even if Asus prices their tablet at $499 many people still won't buy it because it doesn't look as elegant and compelling as the iPad. The lesson is to have the balance between design, feature/specs, and price. They need to know where they're in the market especially for the one who play catch-up.

iPad =design+specs+price = 3 stars
Surface=design+ lower/higher specs+ better price=3-3.5 stars
Asus Vivo Tab= only better specs= 1.5 stars

What would you buy then?

francescob said,
1280x800

That is wrong, the tablet is 1366x768.

Jesus, does The Verge or Neowin ever get any details correct? The VivoTab RT and all ARM or Atom tablets are 1366x768.

http://www.asus.com/News/9PSOUa9v30mhiw5o/

Read the freaking press release.

Windows 8 apps, games and movies will look incredible on the Vivo Tab RT's 10.1" display with 1366x768 resolution and Super IPS+ technology, while ASUS SonicMaster technology ensures top-quality audio.

Edited by Avatar Roku, Oct 13 2012, 9:37am :