CES 2013: Asus unveils Surface-rivalling VivoTab Smart Windows 8 tablet

CES 2013: Asus unveils Surface-rivalling VivoTab Smart Windows 8 tabletMicrosoft's Surface with Windows 8 Pro is set to launch at the end of the month, but Asus has announced a rival Windows 8 tablet that should give it plenty of competition – the VivoTab Smart ME400.

Launched at CES 2013 in Las Vegas this week, the VivoTab Smart will come with a dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, and will go on sale in the UK around the same time starting at £499.

That'll be for the 32GB edition, though you'll also be able to pick up a 64GB version for a bit extra. Either way you're talking a 10.1in screen running at 1,366 x 768, dual cameras – a 2MP front-facer and an 8MP unit round the back capable of 1080p video recording – and full-fat Windows 8. Battery life is a claimed 9.5 hours of typical use.

Like Microsoft, Asus seems to be pitching its tablet as a wannabe convertible laptop via a keyboard/cover add-on, but Asus' take on the concept, the TransSleeve, does lose a few points for the keyboard not being able to physically attach to the tablet. Unless you're using it as a cover or stand, obviously.

Overall, it looks set to be an interesting alternative to Microsoft's own incoming Windows 8 tablet, and considering Asus' credentials in the netbook and Android tablet spheres, one that could easily outsell it too. You'll be able to decide for yourself within the month.

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Stelph  Jan. 8, 2013 at 20:57

Looks basically the same as the acer w510 except the acer has an additional battery in the keyboard to double the life.

Annoyingly tho the only place you can get the acer w510 in the UK is pc world for £599, really cheeky as essentially they added £100 to the original price in the last week. And the fact that you can pick it up in Europe for €499. Rip of Britain at its best

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 22:10

stelph, when you say "Europe" it almost sounds like Ieland was part of it :( http://www.dabs.ie/products/acer-iconia-w510-atom-z2760-32gb-with-keyboard-10-1--win8-8CKD.html

beardyweirdy  Jan. 8, 2013 at 23:53

This looks more comparable to the existing Surface to me (albeit x86). It's a low powered netbook level processor, fishing in the same territory as the Surface, Nexus 10, iPad, Transformer Prime etc, whereas the Surface Pro is a fully fledged i5, 4GB ram toting device that should be compared to ultrabooks as much as tablets.

Pondlife  Jan. 9, 2013 at 00:05

stelph, when you say "Europe" it almost sounds like Ieland was part of it :( http://www.dabs.ie/products/acer-iconia-w510-atom-z2760-32gb-with-keyboard-10-1--win8-8CKD.html



Nah we never mean that backwater island. But even that is cheaper than the £599 he mentioned. Though that does lead to the suggestion to look on the uk dabs site where it's £493.89 (now there's a weird price) with 65 in stock....

So is there even less space left on these than RT or does the lack of office bump it up a touch...


Do ultrabooks have similarly poor battery life as the surface pro?

Stelph  Jan. 9, 2013 at 09:32

[quote]Nah we never mean that backwater island. But even that is cheaper than the £599 he mentioned. Though that does lead to the suggestion to look on the uk dabs site where it's £493.89 (now there's a weird price) with 65 in stock....

So is there even less space left on these than RT or does the lack of office bump it up a touch...

Do ultrabooks have similarly poor battery life as the surface pro?


Interesting price flucuations, actually as you say you can find it for £470 in the UK so thats not as bad

http://www.ballicom.co.uk/ntl0mek002-acer-iconia-w510--tablet--windows-8-32bit--32-gb--101-tft--1366-x-768---rear-camera--front-camera--usb-host--microsd-slot--bluetooth-wifi--with-keyboard-docking-station.p855783.html?ref=1&of_tid=KZJ-3KAqpmPHf2rfR0AhlJrjJfJaFo1MvfiC9zxB3ZPXscS_ZPmGa_zeO505EGqo

From what ive read in reviews, the 32Gb version ends up with around 17GB space (after you do the usual clean up) and the 64GB one ends up with about 30GB space (with an 11GB recovery partition) so people used to iOS and Android tablets may be in for a shock

beardyweirdy  Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:11


From what ive read in reviews, the 32Gb version ends up with around 17GB space (after you do the usual clean up) and the 64GB one ends up with about 30GB space (with an 11GB recovery partition) so people used to iOS and Android tablets may be in for a shock

Both this and the Surface have micro SD slots though (which the ipad and most recent Android tablets seem to lack). With the price of decent quality sd cards being so low nowadays, I'd rather this personally.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 9, 2013 at 11:16

Beardyweirdy... Fair point. Though, these Windows tablets are supposed to be proper desktop alternatives - not really fair to compare them with or to iOS or Android which are both mobile OSs.
But you're right about SD-card support.

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