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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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.