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ASUS Shows Off Windows 8-Powered Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT Tablets

Today at IFA Berlin, ASUS unveiled, updated and renamed versions of the ASUS Tablet 810 and Tablet 600 Windows 8 slates it first announced at Computex Taipei in June. Now dubbed the ASUS Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT respectively, the two tablets offer a host of appealing features, including keyboard docks, scratch-proof Corning Fit Glass screens and SonicMaster audio technology.

Vivo Tab: Windows 8 with a Stylus

Powered by an Intel Atom processor, the Vivo Tab's stand-out feature is its 11.6-inch display which supports 10-point multitouch and comes with a stylus and a Wacom digitizer that supports 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. Although the display is a pedestrian 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, it features Super IPS+ technology that should provide superior viewing angles and even the possibility of outdoor visibility. 

The 0.34-inch thick, 1.48-pound Vivo Tab's other key features include an 8-MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2-MP front camera for video chats and an NFC-sensor that should enable the tablet to sync with other NFC devices such as smartphones. Considering that it runs full Windows 8, the slate offers a very modest 2GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC storage.

The Vivo Tab's keyboard dock sports a trackpad, dual USB ports and a battery that will allow the slate to last even longer on a charge. There's no word yet on estimated battery life, however. 

Vivo Tab RT: Tegra 3 Power and Portability

Powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, the Vivo Tab RT runs Windows 8 RT, a special version of Windows 8 that's designed for ARM-based devices. At just 1.14 pounds and 0.32 inches thick, this 10.1-inch slate is even lighter than its Atom-powered sibling. 

Like the Vivo Tab, the Vivo Tab RT's 1366 x 768 display uses Super IPS+ technology for superior brightness and viewing angles. However, the Vivo Tab RT's screen does not feature a Wacom digitizer or a stylus. 

Also like its sibling, the Vivo Tab RT has 8-MP and 2-MP cameras, SonicMaster audio and an NFC sensor. Its keyboard dock also has a trackpad and a built-in battery, but only has one USB port.

We look forward to getting a closer look at both devices soon, so stay tuned.

The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.