Windows 8 Tablets

Asus has renamed its line of new Windows 8 products to conform more closely to prevailing market trends. At a press conference on June 4, the company stated that its Windows RT device would be named the “Tablet 600” and includes an Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU. The device will now simply carry the moniker “Vivo Tab RT.” Similarly, the “Tablet 810,” which runs Windows 8 and includes an Intel Atom processor, will be renamed the “Vivo Tab.” No changes to the previously announced unit specification were announced but Asus, who also manufactures Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, did issue a warning to Microsoft in relation to Surface Tablet price.

The Surface Tablet cost is still unknown but Asus president Jerry Shen warned, “If Microsoft launches it’s Surface at $199…it will cause difficulty for Asustek’s Windows-based tablet.” The company will be pegging the price of their units to Apple’s new iPad, according to further comments from Mr. Shen. We will “use the price of Apple’s new iPad as a reference when pricing Windows 8 and Windows RT devices,” Shen stressed.

Both products will be equipped with a transformer-dock that features a keyboard, track-pad, backup battery, and two USB ports. This detachable keyboard was made popular by Asustek’s Transformer Android series. The “Vivo Tab RT” will feature a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ panel, an 8-megapixel camera, and an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The “Vivo Tab” will come with an 11.6-inch Super IPS+ panel, 8-megapixel rear camera, and will be powered by an Intel Atom processor. These products will compete with the Microsoft Tablet — launching on October 26.