Just like we had predicted, various manufacturers are releasing a line-up of Windows 8 compatible devices, now that the latest OS from Microsoft is officially released. Today it’s time for Asus, which has prepared a wide range of laptops, tablets and hybrids in order to stand a chance against other manufacturers, such as Toshiba, HP and Dell. Although lot of OEMs have started to reveal their Windows 8 offerings, ASUS can be accounted as one of the firsts to present its gear.
Speaking of goodies, Asus will introduce this season products which will be compatible with both standard and RT versions of Windows 8, packing processors from the Intel and ARM family.
Asus Vivo Tab Family – for Windows RT
The only RT compatible tablet from the Asus line-up is the Vivo Tab, which comes with a fast ARM-based processor and a docking mechanism in the fashion of hybrid devices. This dock connects the slim tablet with an aluminum-made standard keyboard that also houses a stylus.
The Asus Vivo Tab comes with an impressive sound system, unseen on any other tablet of its category and a great battery life, especially when attaching the keyboard. Speaking of interesting features, the Vivo Tab has LTE connectivity and other great technical specification. As a plus, the Vivo Tab RT has two Intel-based siblings that preserve the configuration but supply a more common architecture. The starting price is $599 for the Wi-Fi only version.
- Dimensions: 8.3 mm thick, 10.1-inch wide
- Processor: Tegra 3 chipset from NVIDIA
- Storage: 32GB/64GB
- Display: 1366×768 Super IPS+
- Camera: 8-megapixel with 1080 pixel density for the back and a 2MP on the front
- Connectivity: microHDMI, microSD, headphone/mic jack, LTE
- Special: stylus (for Intel version), quad-speakers from SonicMaster
The Asus Taichi is one of the first Asus laptops to come pre-loaded with the standard edition of Windows 8. This machine blends the experience of a laptop with a tablet, by coming with a dual-screen configuration. The interesting element also brings some downsides for owners, Taichi being easily the heaviest tablet of them all, weighting approximately 1.25 kg.
Asus has introduced another new concept in this device, which can be found on the software side. When purchasing the tablet, future owners will be offered the chance to include an Asus-made interface that can be mounted on top of the Windows 8 OS and which acts as a hub for Asus applications. Here’s what’s under the hood:
- Processor: Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge clocked at 1700 MHz
- GPU: Intel HD 4000
- Display: 13.3-inch wide LED-Backlit LCD with 1920 by 1080 resolution
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 128 SSD (Flash)
The price of this baby ranges from $1299 for the above configuration and can reach up to $1599 for a Core i7, double the storage and a stylus. The product is expected to hit in November.
Asus Transformer Book
The Asus Transformer Book must be seen as highly-portable, detachable laptop instead of a regular tablet. Its blazing specifications and heavy weight make its appearance strange in the tablet-hybrid market, where the product can be safely considered the fastest Windows 8 tablet yet. It has a very fast processor, an SSD for storage and a high price to make a profit out of all.
- Processor: Intel Core i7 3rd generation
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
- Display: 13.3-inch wide Led-Backlit LCD with 1920×1080 pixel resolution
- RAM: 4GB
- Storage: 128 GB solid-state drive with an extra 500 HDD on the keyboard
- Camera: 5-megapixel front-facing (optional)
VivoBooks from Asus will assume the role of casual laptops, the series coming with plain specifications for this late time of year. In a few words, the VivoBook will actually be a series of products and models will have configurations starting with a good-old Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 500 GB of HDD storage and an 11.6-inch wide display.
The top of the class will integrate a Core i7 CPU, a bigger 14-inch wide display and a hybrid SSD that blends 24GB of pure NAND with 500GB of drive disks. Prices and availability are yet to be announced.
The well-known line of Asus ZenBooks are being refreshed just in time for Windows 8, by integrating optional touch-compatible monitors and a range of impressive specifications. The series has several power members, including the U500VZ and the UX31A, which amaze the audience with Core i7 processors and large solid-state drives. The price tag is usually below the $2,000 mark and it’s a price well worth paying for an ultra-book of this level:
- U500VZ: quad-core Intel i7, 8GB of RAM, NVIDIA GT650M with 2GB DDR5, 15.6-inch wide screen and256GB SSD
- UX31A: i5 or i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage and a 13.3-inch wide screen
Asus ET2300 All-in-One
Asus has not forgotten all-in-one solutions and the ET2300 is introduced with a catching design and powerful specifications, which include an Intel Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GT630M as graphics and a 23-inch monitor to sustain all that goodies. Prices and availability are still unknown.
We shall keep you updated with other prominent Windows 8 devices from Asus and others.