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Windows 8 Tablets: Asus Vivo Tab, Asus Taichi Price and Specs

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[ Buy Now! Order the Asus Vivo Tab RT Tablet $599.99 ]

[ Buy Now! Order the ASUS Taichi 21-DH71 11.6-Inch Convertible Touch Ultrabook ]

ZDNet received a leaked document containing Asus Windows 8 Tablet price details and specs.  The leaked document, apparently a holiday road map, provides some insight on what we can expect Windows 8 Tablets like the Microsoft Surface will cost.  As depicted in the image above, the three Asus Windows 8 devices are the Asus Vivo Tab RT, the Asus Vivo Tab (Windows pro?), and the Asus Taichi.  Technical specifications and pricing details are below.

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Asus Vivo Tab RT Windows Tablet Specs (Buy Now! $599.99)

Here are the tech specs for the Windows Tablet, the ASUS VivoTab VivoTab RT TF600T-B1-GR 10.1-Inch 32 GB Tablet ( Grey ):

  • Model Number: Asus TF600T
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU
  • Operating System: Windows RT
  • Software: Microsoft Office 2013
  • Display: 10.1″ Super IPS+ (178″ viewing angle)
  • Dock: Optional keyboard dock for extended battery life
  • Price: $599 (Optional dock $199)

Asus Vivo Tab Windows Tablet Specs

Here are the tech specs for the Windows Tablet, the Asus Vivo Tab (Pro?):

  • Model Number: Asus TF810C
  • Processor: Intel Atom Z2760
  • Operating System: Windows 8 (Edition not specified)
  • Software: Microsoft Office Trial
  • Display: 11.6″ Super IPS+ (178″ viewing angle)
  • Dock: Optional Mobile Dock
  • Price: $799 (Optional dock $199)

Asus Taichi 21-DH71 11.6-Inch Convertible Touch Ultrabook (< click for current price >)

Here are the tech specs for the Windows Tablet/Laptop, the Asus Taichi 21-DH71 11.6-Inch Convertible Touch Ultrabook:

  • Model Number: 21-DH71
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3517U
  • Operating System: Windows 8 (Edition not specified)
  • Display: 11.6″ dual, multi-touch, Full HD IPS Display, 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • Audio: Bang & Olufsen IcePower audio
  • Price: < click for current price >

Asus Windows 8 Tablet Prices: Too High?

The price of the Asus Vivo Tab RT tablet is more than I would have hoped.  At $599, it costs $100 more than the iPad and the best Android tablets.  To be really competitive, Windows RT tablets need to be priced at $500.  While the price is not a show stopper, I don’t think $600 Windows RT Tablets are going to sell like hotcakes.

Regarding the $799 Asus Vivo Tab tablet, this price is about what I expect for a Windows 8 Pro Tablet.  However, I wouldn’t expect an Intel Atom processor at this price point.  Thus, I’m really not liking this device based on the information we have at the moment.

Finally, there’s the $1,299 Asus Taichi tablet/notebook.  I don’t see a mainstream use case for the dual displays.  I don’t even see why business users would want this thing.  At this price, consumers would likely choose to buy two separate devices instead.  I’ll give Asus credit for thinking out of the box.  Perhaps they will earn more credit by demonstrating practical uses of the dual displays.  I’m also concerned about the Asus Taichi price point.  For $1300, I could get a pretty good conventional laptop.  I’ll withhold judgement until I see the device and its official price.

Are the price points of the Asus Tablets a preview of what we can expect for all of the Windows 8 Tablets?  Maybe.  I just hope one of the OEMs make a Windows RT tablet available at $500.  That, or include with a $600 device 3G/4g connectivity or a non Windows RT edition of Windows 8.  Otherwise, I think Windows tablets will struggle to break into an already crowded tablet market.

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4 comments

  1. I want the Tai Chi or the vivo tab pro.i7 vs. atom… hmm… considering the 300 dollar difference will the vivo is more tempting, but what tasks will it be able to do? I don’t play games, I browse the web, watch movies, edit movies and use it for school work. Will the vivo be able to do those things for at least 2 1/2 years with minimal problems? or will it struggle and act very slow very often and fast?

  2. These prices are too high.  M$ needs to do better if they want to replace my iPad.

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