Asus Vivo Smart Tab hits UK as VivoTab ME400, costs £399 sans cover/keyboard

Asus Vivo Smart Tab hits UK as VivoTab ME400, costs £399 sans cover/keyboardCast your filthy minds back to June 2012, and you might recall Asus lifting the lid on something called the Tablet 810 at Computex 2012, a Windows 8-fuelled tablet with a soft spot for physical keyboard action.

A few months later it was renamed the Asus Vivo Smart Tab, and now we’re told it’s finally arriving in the UK as the Asus VivoTab ME400 (sigh), priced £399.

What do you get for your money? Asus VivoTab ME400 specs include a 10.1in (1366 x 768) IPS display, Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, and 8MP/2MP camera combo with 1080p video recording on the rear.

We’re promised 9.5 hours of battery on a single charge, while the Asus VivoTab ME400 runs full (non-RT) Windows 8.

The Asus VivoTab ME400 cover will set you back £39.99, while the cover and ‘TranSleeve’ keyboard weigh in at £89.99.

You’ll be able to grab the Asus VivoTab ME400 from Carphone Warehouse and Argos come January 31, and it comes in ceramic white, diamond blue and poppy red.

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Stelph  Jan. 25, 2013 at 12:44

Slightly confused as to why netbooks (becuase, at the end of the day, thats what this is) have shot up in price just because they've been given Windows 8 and a touchscreen?

What happened to the Atom netbooks at £250 - £299? Seems a much more reasonable price, or would that canabalise the ARM market too much??

Tokensalad  Jan. 26, 2013 at 15:18

Stelph, you are kind of answering your own question. Is a touch screen with pen support and a better processor and a better screen and more flexibility in terms of usage modes worth an extra £100? For me the answer is yes (I'm using the me400 now).

chrisw182  Jan. 27, 2013 at 22:28

No its not a netbook, with that logic an iPad is also a netbook, but it isn't. This is a tablet PC with an optional bluetooth keyboard. These new Android/Windows 8/iOS tablets are really the netbook replacements. The awesome thing about this tablet is it funs a full fat copy of Windows 8 so you can install anything you can on a normal windows desktop or laptop, you aren't bound by the windows store. And for £400, its a bargain, can't wait to get one!

Stelph  Jan. 28, 2013 at 13:00

Stelph, you are kind of answering your own question. Is a touch screen with pen support and a better processor and a better screen and more flexibility in terms of usage modes worth an extra £100? For me the answer is yes (I'm using the me400 now).

If you want the keyboard as well then its actually closer to £180 - £200 difference, thats a lot for a touchscreen and pen. The processor is better so its still a natural progression of the Atom processor, you didnt see the prices of netbooks rocket as new Atom processors came out did you?

Dont get me wrong, ive had a W500 with windows 8 on it for testing and its a great tablet and Windows 8 x86 makes a huge amount of sense, its just a pain that manufacturers are taking the advantage of iPad pricing to go in at a higher price than it should be

Willtab  Feb. 23, 2013 at 13:25

Some confusion in these comments, this device does not have pen support like the surface pro or a wacom tablet, You can only use capactive pens like on an iPad. I know because I'm a reseller of these devices and have actuallly replaced my iPad with one.

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