ASUS VivoTab RT steps up for its video demo too

Although many of our more aggressive computer users will opt for the Samsung ATIV Tablet, we imagine that device will come at a premium price: ~$800? So for those who are focused more on consumption of media instead of producing it, may we offer you the VivoTab RT for your consideration?

The VivoTab RT from ASUS is smaller than the Samsung with only a 10.1” Super IPS display. That actually made it feel really nice to hold—not too big, not too small. In addition, it has 32GB of on board storage and a zippy quad-core Tegra 3 TE processor. Not too shabby.

RT tablets are unique in that they don’t run the full OS, just Windows RT apps. Having said that, it does have a desktop mode with IE10, File Explorer and a full Office 2013 suite on board. And those RT apps aren’t too bad either.

We think the price between the ASUS and Samsung will be the defining factor for many with the former being significantly cheaper than ‘Pro’ tablets. But from our experience, it’s a nifty little gizmo that we’d like to keep on the couch with us.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • The tegra 3 chipset is amazing! Console quality games on a mobile device....i plan on getting one =)
  • android gonna die..... very smooth...
  • Not bad, but god damn it, why do none of hte RT tablets have Full HD screens!
  • That's something that's been annoying me too. I want something light with long battery and 1080p. I suspect the current line up of arm processors aren't able to power 1080p windows 8, I'd wager its something to do with the ability to run 2 apps side by side. We'll see them in the next gen devices.
  • the thing is I have trouble believing that.  The ipad uses an arm processor and has no problem display  far beyond 1080p. 
    According to the nvidia website the tegra 3(Processor Surface RT has) can display beyond 1080p also. 
    The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" roles with a dual core omap4470 and has no problem displaying 1080p for $299 and that came out earlier this year
    I kind of feel like everybody is just going for the lowest possible specs, but you know they aren't going to be selling of the RT tablets for under $399 minus maybe the Surface. 
    Microsoft should have used the Surface as a "this is how it's done" model and gone fullout.  I would have had no problem paying $499 for the Surface RT if it had a full hd display or higher.
  • 1:40 it's a desktop, right?
  • ya
  • A task bar and system tray? in RT?  eh?
  • You can see at the end of the demo video he swiped from the left and accidentally pulled in a different running application, in a panic he started pressing buttons and opening things he didn't mean to. I wonder if that is indicative of what will likely happen in the real world.
  • I noticed the same thing, plus in the Samsung ATIV tablet video, there were some clear instances where the person demoing accidentally did something they didn't mean to.  If the people doing demos aren't practiced enough for the demo to be flawless, what does that mean for newbies trying to use these devices? 
  • Everytime I see Windows 8/rt demoed and watch those gorgeous animations, I think of Minority Report. So cool.
  • Being an IT engineer for way too long, I grew tired of tweaking. Currently I'm enjoying the lazyness of being just an educated end user. I want an RT.
  • RT for me :)