Two more Windows 8 tablets with Intel Atom Clover Trail processors showed up at the FCC this week. The Acer Iconia Tab W511 is the 3G-capable version of the W510 which hit the FCC in October.

Meanwhile the Asus VivoTab is a tablet with an 11.6 inch display and a digital pen.

Both tablets are expected to hit the streets soon, and the VivoTab is already available for pre-order, and at least one store may have it in stock.

Asus VivoTab

Asus VivoTab 

Asus actually offers three different tablets in its VivoTab lineup. The VivoTab RT is a 10 inch Windows RT tablet, the VivoTab Smart is a $499 Windows 8 model, and then there’s the Asus VivoTab TF810 — which I believe is what this FCC listing shows.

That model features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state disk.

One thing that sets this tablet apart from some other Windows 8 models is the Wacom active digitizer which lets you write or draw on the screen using a pressure-sensitive digital pen.

The Asus tablet isn’t unique here though… Samsung and Lenovo also offer models with digital pens, but I like the feel of the Asus pen itself better than some of the others.

Unfortunately that pen and 64GB SSD come at a steep price: The VivoTab has a retail price of $799. And that doesn’t include the optional keyboard dock which helps extend battery life. The dock costs an extra $200.

Acer Iconia Tab W510 and W511

The Iconia Tab W510 is a tablet with a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.

It supports WiFi, HDMI, and USB connections, has a microSD card slot for extra storage, and docking connectors for an optional keyboard dock.

Acer’s Iconia Tab W511 variant adds an HSPA+ module for wireless broadband.

The WiFi-only model sells for $499. I haven’t seen any pricing information for the 3G-capable model yet.


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9 replies on “Asus VivoTab, Acer Iconia Tab W511 hit the FCC”

  1. I bought my Acer w511 two days ago, and after much trying, realize that it does not support pen digitizer input. It can use the typical “iPad” capacitive pen, but not the digitizer pen you would use like on OneNote.

  2. Nice attempt to rip people off, Asus. A better specced TF (beside cpu and OS) cost less than half that price!

    It also goes for Lenovo, HP, Dell… – Samsung is a bit better but doesn’t have an extra battery.

    Only Acer’s playing it fair somehow. Too bad the top of the screen wobbles when in laptop mode.

    This kind of pricing makes me really angry. They’re really taking us for fools!

  3. This has to be the 10.1″ VivoTab Smart. I’ve owned my 11.6″ x86 VivoTab TF810C since 11/24.

  4. I’d be a lot more interested in a full Windows 8 tablet with stylus for $500 if it had something better than the Atom inside. It’s like the flood of low-end netbooks all over again, but with Windows 8 tablets.

    1. I hope you’re right… Netbooks used to sell for $400 – $500 too. But it didn’t take long for the prices to dip down to the $300 range.

  5. The vivo tab has been out for some time. There is a bundle for $949.
    Try Adorama, Buyspry, B&H, Amazon

  6. I think many interested consumers are in sticker shock. I know I am.
    Before the Windows 8 tablets were released there were stories of how much cheaper they would be compared to the iPad. Well, I can now say it was all wishful thinking.

    1. I think they were talking about RT not full blown windows. The W510 is great value considering you get full blown windows on that one for the same price as an entry level ipad. It was even $100 less over Black Friday.

      The problem is with pricing/marketing as the RT tablets are generally cheaper for the tablet itself but unfortunately they are usually bundled with accessories, software etc that you either can’t not select or can’t do without eg the surface RT comes with office bundled which would knock at least $50 off the entry price tag if it wasn’t included. Plus you really have to get one of the covers and end up with a large price tag.

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