Asus Steals Surface's Thunder With Its Own Windows RT Tablet

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Asus Steals Surface's Thunder With Its Own Windows RT Tablet
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Asus Vivo Tab RT

Asus Vivo Tab RT

Asus has an answer to the Microsoft Surface: the Vivo Tab RT. Running Windows RT, the Vivo Tab is also a "productivity" tablet, and comes with a removable keyboard dock. It starts at $599 for 32GB, and a 64GB is available for $699 — keyboard included for both.

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Look out Microsoft Surface, there's another Windows tablet in town. Asus just unveiled its Vivo Tab RT, a Windows RT slate that also transforms into a laptop with the help of a keyboard dock. The difference is Asus has been doing this longer.

Yes, the Vivo Tab RT is very similar to the company's Android-based Transformer Pad tablet, though this guy is made to run Windows 8. Both tablets have similar form factors, with 10.1-inch screens and sport the same keyboard dock. They're also both powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor. However, the hardware is not exactly the same -- the Vivo has different ports and has a slightly wedged design.

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The similarity isn't a bad thing, anyway. Asus's tablets are generally praised for their design and emphasis on productivity details (such as the keyboard) even if they have the same weakness as most Android tablets: the lack of a comprehensive media ecosystem. A "productivity tablet" is a more apt positioning for a Windows tablet in any case.

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The screen of the Vivo Tab RT is a 1,366 x 768 IPS (in-plane switching) LCD. It weighs just 1.14 pounds, or 2.3 pounds with the keyboard dock. The dock also has the benefit of nearly doubling battery life. The tablet has both a front-facing 2-megapixel camera and a rear-facing 8MP one, which is also capable of capturing 1080p video.

Of course, like the Surface and all other Windows RT devices, the Vivo Tab includes Microsoft Office. RT devices also have a Connected Standby mode that lets extends their batteries by days and weeks when they're not being used. They'll still be ready at a moment's notice, however, since data (like new email) is pushed to the tablet at regular intervals.

And now for the one spec that really matters: the price. The Asus Vivo Tab RT will sell for $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB, keyboard dock included for both.

What do you think of the Vivo Tab RT? Would you buy it instead of the Microsoft Surface? Tell us why in the comments.

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