Asus showcases two Windows 8 "Vivo" tablets

Transforming Windows 8 with the Asus Vivo Tab and the Asus Vivo Tab RT

Building on the success of the Android Transformer range, Asus has detailed two new hybrid tablets as part of its IFA 2012 announcement

The Asus Vivo Tab and Asus Vivo Tab RT will arrive on October 26th, the date Windows 8 officially touches down. While the tablets look similar, each has different specs that will allow Asus to target different price points.

The new tabs share the same metallic finish and will come with the battery-enhanced QWERTY keyboard dock that we’ve seen with the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity. The dock will likely feature a magnetic attachment and add valuable battery life to the Vivo tablet.

The smaller Vivo Tab RT will feature an Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset and Windows 8 RT. The screen will be a 10.1-inch, Super IPS+ panel with a 1,366 x 768 resolution.

We’re expecting plenty of multitasking from this as, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the Asus Vivo RT will boast 2GB RAM.

However, big brother is the Asus Vivo Tab, an 11.6-inch beast running the full version of Windows 8. Although the more premium tab, it will pack the same Super IPS+ panel with a 1,366 x 768 resolution and 2GB RAM.

Never fear though - this is an entirely different creature. The Vivo Tab will come with an Intel Atom powered chipset and a range of features including a 64GB SSD, 8MP rear-facing camera and NFC compatibility. And there’s going to be a stylus too.

So far, we haven’t heard anything by way of pricing from Asus, but first impressions of these new tablets are promising indeed. If the resounding success of Asus’ Android Transformer range is anything to go by, we could be seeing something special here.