Asus is launching a new line of Windows 8 tablets with Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processors. At $499, the VivoTab Smart is the cheaper model, with a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, while the $799 VivoTab has a larger display, an optional keyboard dock, and an active digitizer for use with a digital pen.
The Asus VivoTab features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state disk.
It has a Wacom active digitizer and digital pen (but no place to store the pen). The tablet has a 30Whr battery, a 2MP front-facing camera, and an 8MP rear camera.
Asus also offers an optional keyboard dock with a 25Whr battery. When using the tablet and dock together, Asus says you should be able to get up to 19 hours of battery life.
You can find video, photos, and more details in our hands-on look at the Asus VivoTab.
Asus VivoTab Smart
The VivoTab Smart is a cheaper tablet that’s basically what you’d get if you took the VivoTab RT and swapped out the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor for an Intel Atom chip and replaced Windows RT with Windows 8.
The VivoTab Smart and VivoTab RT are about the same size, shape, and weight. Even the $499 starting prices are the same.
Asus will offer an optional sleeve which attaches to the tablet via magnets. The sleeve doubles as a kickstand, and there’s an optional Bluetooth keyboard.
Pricing for the sleeve and keyboard haven’t yet been set.
This model is thinner and lighter than the VivoTab, but offers similar performance. Unfortunately it won’t work with the VivoTab keyboard docks and there’s no active digitizer, so if you want to use a pen you’ll need to find a capacitive stylus.
Check out our Asus VivoTab Smart hands-on article for more video and photos.
Asus VivoTab RT
The first member of the VivoTab family to go on sale will be the VivoTab RT which is a 10.1 inch model with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and Windows RT operating system. It’s available for $599 and that price includes a keyboard docking station.
You can check out our hands-on post for more details.