CES 2013: Asus to launch £399 Windows 8 Vivotab tablet

Asus’s UK marketing manager, John Swatton, has confirmed to ITProportal that retailers across UK will start selling a Windows 8 tablet for £399 by the end of January with an additional £80 for a keyboard and a cover that can double as a stand.

The tablet is the Vivotab Smart ME400C also John hinted that the Smart moniker might be dropped altogether for the sake of clarity. The tablet looks a lot like its RT counterpart, Vivotab RT, but is slightly thicker due to a bigger battery; still, it weighs only 580g and measures only 9.7mm thick.

It is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760, a dual core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. Other features include a 10.1in 1,366x768 IPS display, 64GB onboard storage, 2GB of RAM, a rear 8-megapixel camera with an f2.2 aperture, full Windows 8, Sonicmaster audio technology, a 2-megapixel front facing camera, full HD video recording and up to 9.5 hours battery life.

(The Windows RT tablet is the one on top while the Windows 8 tablet is the one below)

The device will optionally come with a Bluetooth keyboard as well a cover stand that’s collapsible. In addition, the company will be giving a three-year subscription to its Asus WebStorage cloud based service with 32GB to kick off.