Asus has not been resting on its laurels, following up on the frankly rather lovely Asus Zenbook ultrabook and the undeniably ingenious Android-powered Asus Transformer HD the company has announced a brace of Windows tablets in a similar vein at IFA 2012. We went hands-on with the slinky Asus Vivo Tab RT.
The cut-down Windows 8 ‘RT’ OS absolutely flew in out hands-on, but of course without the stodge of apps and data it’s hard to tell what the real-world performance will be. However, early signs are good. Swiping through multiple homescreens was blisteringly quick, thanks in part to the simplicity of Windows 8 RT, and booting a couple of demo games was achieved in seconds.
Asus Vivo Tab RT: Build
First impressions of the hardware are very much along the same lines as the Transformer and Transformer HD. The tab weighs in at 520g and measures a svelte 8.3mm, which gives it a pleasant heft in the hand but without distracting bulk.
It’s much more precise and sophisticated, although we found it tricky to locate from some angles. It also adds a slight ridge to the back of the tab when docked, which adds a little bulk to the package. More on this when we get a full review sample.
Asus Vivo Tab RT: Screen
The tab screen resolution was excellent, and while not in the new iPad’s retina class, looked to be delivering more than respectable image quality. On the flipside, an 8MP rear camera should deliver decent enough image quality to embarrass many mobile phone cameras.
Asus Vivo Tab RT: Battery
The battery life is an impressive 15 hours according to Asus, assuming the Tab is docked in the keyboard. Another small bugbear with older Asus tabs was the balance point of the docked tab/keyboard, which tended to be slightly top-heavy.
Asus claims they have addressed this with a lower placement of the tab’s battery, and in our hands-on this claim seemed borne out, with the docked assembly displaying a much lower centre of gravity, more like a traditional notebook.
Asus Vivo Tab RT: Verdict
Obviously it’s very early days for Windows 8 apps, with the OS still not officially launched, and Asus is tied to Microsofts’ launch plans with this product.
Asus Vivo Tab RT review: Hands-on
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The Asus Vivo Tab RT Windows 8 tablet comes with a keyboard dock, similar to the Asus Transformer Prime. We went hands-on...