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Asus Windows 8 tablets to sell at $499

Now that the Redmond based operating system giant, Microsoft, will be making the latest version of the operating system, Windows 8, available to the general public on the 26th of this month, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are busy showcasing and launching their offerings with the new operating system.

Recently, it was Asustek’s turn to unveil its Windows 8 computers, laptops, netbooks, and tablets. The company is offering all the three. On the 24th of October, the company hosted an event in New York, showing off a range of Windows 8 devices, which included the dual screen Taichi and three other models with a 10.1 inch screen.

The dual screen Taichi laptop is going on sale in November for US$1, 299-1,599. And the 10.1 inch screen models with Windows 8 operating system will have a price tag of US$499 each, which definitely sounds attractive to many.

In addition, Asustek also unveiled its new touchscreen notebook series, VivoBook, at the show with three different models, an 11.6-inch model priced at US$499 and a 14-inch and a 15.6-inch model priced between US$599-849.

There are three other models include Vivo Tab RT, which obviously will come with the Windows RT operating system, and an Nvidia Tegra processor. The Vivo Tab RT will be priced at NT$21,999 (US$751) for a 32GB and Wi-Fi only model. The second model is the Vivo Tab Smart, which is a 10.1 inch device which will feature the full Windows 8 operating system. And the third model is the Viva Tab with a 11.6 inch screen, featuring Windows 8 operating system and a dual-core Atom Z2760 processor, just like the Vivo Tab Smart.

Asustek will also offers a protective case that can be used as a stand, and a keyboard for the VivoTab Smart priced at US$99.

There was also a 13.3-inch Transformer Book, which seems like the company’s flagship device for the Windows 8 platform, as it features the same detachable design of the Transformer series of Android tablets. This Transformer Book will come with an Intel Core i7 processor and Windows 8 operating system.


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