For those trying to keep up with the changing rumors, cross-border PR and trade show differences and developing ecosystem, tracking ASUS over the last three months has been a nightmare. At an event yesterday though, ASUS revealed their final line-up of Windows 8 tablets, dockables, flipables and Ultrabooks. At least for the USA! One surprise in that event was a second CloverTrail based ASUS. The ASUS Viv Tab Smart.
The ASUS Tab Smart is a 10.6â€ Windows 8 Tablet where the ASUS VivoTab is an 11.6â€ model. Differences donâ€™t stop there because this is a cut-down version that will be offered for the same $499 price as the ASUSRT (Windows RT, ARM version.)
You still get the 2GB RAM and itâ€™s reported you get a 64GB SSD, 8Mp cam, Micro-USB and Micro-HDMI ports. A MicroSD card reader and a headphone port also included.
Apart from the size reduction, which is likely to result in a battery capacity reduction, thereâ€™s no digitiser. Thereâ€™s also no possibility to use a keyboard dock as on the Vivo Tab although a Bluetooth â€œTrans Sleeveâ€ keyboard cover will be available. A â€˜realâ€™ Bluetooth keyboard is also going to be available.
Given that the ASUSalready has a model number, ASUS ME400C, it could be coming soon.
- CPU: Clover-Trail 1.8Ghz (1.5Ghz nominal. 1.8Ghz max)
- Screen: 10.1â€ 1366×768
- Weight: Unknown
- Battery Capacity: Unknown
- 8MP cam on rear. 2MP on front.
A 3G/4G version is likely.
Note: Thereâ€™s some confusion out there as to whether this is a 10″ or 11.6â€ model. To add to the confusion ASUSâ€™ press release doesnâ€™t mention the â€œASUS Vivo Tabâ€ only the Smart is mentionedâ€¦.
The VivoTab Smart is the perfect traveling companion with a fresh stylistic design. This thin and lightweight 10.1 tablet design offers the full Windows 8 experience and is available with black, white or red finishes. Its optional TranSleeve keyboard combines a compact wireless keyboard with color-coordinated screen protection.
Update: The VivoTab and VivoTab Smart were mentioned in the press event. The dockable VivoTab with Wacom Digitiser is 11.6″, the VivoTab Smart is 10.6″