Asus Vivo Tab RT hands-on: A sleek, quad-core tab

2012-Oct-23 | Tags: asusreviewtablet

Windows on ARMWhile Microsoft's Surface gets the lion's share of the press, it's not the only tablet running the pared-down Windows RT operating system. The Asus Vivo Tab RT will be one of four Surface rivals going head-to-head with Microsoft's tablet this fall.

The Asus unit will cost $599 for the 32GB version, and $699 for 64GB. While that's $100 more than the $499 Surface RT (also 32GB), the Asus includes a keyboard dock, which is an optional accessory with the Surface. It'll be initially sold as a Wi-Fi-only device when it hits stores on October 26, but AT&T will offer a 4G LTE version "in the near future."

Design - By itself, the tablet measures 10.4 inches wide, 6.7 inches tall, and 0.33 inch thick. At just 1.18 pounds, it's easy and comfortable to hold with one hand. If you hold it for an extended period of time, though, it'll begin to weigh down on you unless you grasp it with two hands.

On the left side are a mobile dock latch, which lets you attach the unit to the keyboard hinge, a microSD card slot, and a Micro-HDMI port. Up top are a sleep/power button and a manual reset hole for when you want to hard-reset the device. On the right are a 3.5mm headphone jack and a volume rocker.

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