Asus VivoTab Smart Tablet for Windows 8 looks a lot like Surface

Asus was the only PC maker outside of Microsoft to launch a Windows RT tablet, the Asus VivoTab RT, around the same time as the Surface RT launch in October. With Microsoft planning to launch the Windows 8 Pro version of the Surface sometime later this month, Asus apparently wants to show it can launch a similar product.

Engadget reports that, as part of its CES 2013 product announcements, it has revealed plans to launch the Asus VivoTab Smart Tablet, running on Windows 8. Using Intel's "Clover Trail" Intel Atom Z2760 processor, the 10.1 inch tablet has a resolution of 1366x768 along with an eight megapixel rear camera, two megapixel front facing camera and an NFC sensor.

The most interesting thing about the tablet is the included "TransSleeve", a tablet cover that also doubles as a keyboard. It's more than a little similar to the Type Cover that Microsoft sells as an option for the Surface.

Brother from another mother?

Unfortunately, Asus did not announce a price point or a launch date for the VivoTab Smart Tablet. So far,Windows 8 tablets that are based on Intel's "Clover Trail" chip have been in very short supply so it may be a while before it ships to stores.

Source: Engadget | Image via Asus

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I can see why though.Its because of battery life. Atom uses similar or less power than ARM,and is more powerful than tegra3,krait,exynos.

vcfan said,
I can see why though.Its because of battery life. Atom uses similar or less power than ARM,and is more powerful than tegra3,krait,exynos.

You just said an x86 CPU uses less power than ARM, I lolled xD

thealexweb said,

You just said an x86 CPU uses less power than ARM, I lolled xD

your tech knowledge is obsolete, I lolled xD

Every time Intel has promised its solved the power woes and every time its been a disappointment so I'm extremely sceptical. Also I'd want to see a comparison of both architectures up-to-date tech. A comparison with Tegra 4 would be fair.

thealexweb said,
Every time Intel has promised its solved the power woes and every time its been a disappointment so I'm extremely sceptical. Also I'd want to see a comparison of both architectures up-to-date tech. A comparison with Tegra 4 would be fair.

I too am sceptical of a lot of their claims especially when it comes to the icore range however in terms of the battery life they delivered with the clovertrail atom. The samsung 500T clocks up 12 hours and easily get 8 on the HP Envy X2

What? Its already out there for you to compare. The atom z2760 is faster and uses less power than tegra3 and krait. My Acer w510 with atom gets more battery life than my surface with tegra3. Go to extremetech and check their testing,they prove its actually true. The x86 is more power hungry argument is old and not true anymore. Its now common knowledge that atom has achieved this.

And did you see Intel's announcements today? Go read about it and see where x86 is at now.

Intel i5 is around 4-5 times faster than the atom z2760. The Atoms might run 'Modern' very well but you'll clearly see a performance difference on desktop applications.

it goes without saying you will see a difference but only in applications that are cpu intensive. Even opening office 2013 or general apps you would be splitting hairs between them in the time taken. Where the icore shines is with things like photoshop, video work or doing heavy web browsing.

General desktop apps (office et al), metro and boot times there isn't much between them. (to give context to that statement, I currently own the 500T (clovertrail) and have owned and reviewed the 700T icore5)

This has been out in short supply for a while now, its quite light and a very nice device the unfortunate thing about it is it lacks a digitiser and some of the other goodies which its other clover trail cousins have (USB on device, KB, bigger battery etc).

This is the reason Microsoft had to create Surface. No OEM is doing the innovation and are just bunch of copy-cats.

Anyone else think this might be why Microsoft doesn't release a Clover Trail based Surface, as they do not compete with OEMs as long as they have it in the pipeline?

I've had a VivoTab for about two weeks now, its pretty good minus the lack of games and any sort of useful application besides MS Office. No Chrome, flash on websites that are not on Microsoft's Whitelist (Tried looking for a job at New York Police Department, can't use flash so had to use my laptop). Windows 8 RT has a ways to go in terms of applications, however the interface is smooth. I bought the VivoTab because of the SD card slot (none in surface) and because it came with a free keyboard, unlike the surface.

Glad they are following the Surface lead. There were/are some really bad designs out there. Acer is still upset. I like the jumpstart the Surface design provided the industry.

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