Las Vegas — Asus has just added a new tablet to its latest and greatest Windows 8 VivoTab series, the ASUS VivoTab Smart. So what is so different about it that merited the “Smart” in its name? The 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768, screen display looks pretty much the same, and so does the camera pack (8-megapixel on the back plus 2-megapixel on the front) and the NFC technology support. The chip inside, however, is an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, and you’re also getting a brand new “TransSleeve” keyboard dock, that will serve you well in protecting your slate, as well as a comfortable and quiet typing surface, thanks to the low-profile physical keys, and as a solid case that doubles as a stand. Pricing and availability are still unknown at the moment.
Update1: More info is coming from the CES show floor. Apparently, the ASUS VivoTab Smart will be priced at $499 in the US market, while the case-keyboard-stand sleeve will most likely run you an extra 129 bucks. Take a look after the break.
Update2: The 10-inch Vivo Tab Smart is now set to hit British shores on January 31st, under the ME400 moniker, with prices to start at £399 for the basic Windows 8 tablet with a dual-core 1.8GHz Atom processor behind the lid. Besides that, the cover add-on will run at £39.99, while the cover plus keyboard extension will set you back £89.99. Full PR after the break.
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ASUS Launches VivoTab™ ME400 Tablet with Intel® Atom™ Processor
for Full Windows 8 Experience
Affordably priced 10.1-inch tablet with TranSleeve Keyboard provides full compatibility with existing Windows software and hardware
London, United Kingdom, (22 January, 2012) – ASUS today launched the VivoTab™ ME400 tablet with 10.1-inch HD display and full Windows 8 experience, all at an affordable price. The ASUS VivoTab™ ME400 is perfect for work and play, at home or on the move. Thin and light, ASUS VivoTab™ ME400 features an Intel® Atom™ dual-core processor for full compatibility with new and existing Windows 8 software, and an optional TranSleeve Keyboard that magnetically combines screen protection with a wireless keyboard for enhanced productivity.
Perfect for productivity, ideal for entertainment
Just 9.7mm thin and 580g light, ASUS VivoTab™ ME400 has a 10.1-inch LED-backlit display with a crisp 1366 x 768 HD resolution. IPS display technology delivers 178-degree wide viewing angles and ensures clear and bright images, even when seen from the side. VivoTab™ ME400 also features 5-point multi-touch for fluid fingertip control with Windows 8. The TranSleeve Keyboard is an innovative accessory that is a cover, keyboard, and stand all rolled into one. It not only aids in the typing experience, but protects the tablet as well.
With its Intel® Atom™ Z2760 dual-core processor, the ASUS VivoTab™ ME400 delivers fast and responsive performance, while still providing up to 9.5 hours battery life on a single charge. The ASUS VivoTab™ ME400 gives complete peace of mind to users too, thanks to complete compatibility with both Windows 8 Store and Desktop apps, along with plug and play support for a wide range of existing peripherals.
The ASUS VivoTab™ ME400 features high-quality cameras front and rear. The 8-megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, five-element lens and 1080p Full HD video recording captures precious moments with crystal clarity, while the front 2-megapixel camera is perfect for face-to-face video chat. The ASUS VivoTab™ ME400 also features renowned ASUS SonicMaster audio technology for incredible sound quality for all kinds of listening material from its built-in stereo speakers.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The ASUS VivoTab™ ME400 comes in ceramic white, diamond blue and poppy red, and is available as of the 31st January 2013 from Argos and CarPhone Warehouse. The ASUS VivoTab™ ME400 has an SRP of £399.
ASUS TranSleeve Keyboard will be sold separately.