Asus Announces Comprehensive Windows 8 Product Lineup

Pulkit Chandna

At its special “In Search of Incredible” Windows 8  event in New York, Asus on Tuesday officially launched its Windows 8 lineup. To no one’s surprise, the Taiwanese company’s Windows 8 product lineup is an assortment of mostly touch-enabled offerings — everything from the ARM-based VivoTab RT to the 23-inch ASUS ET2300 all-in-one PC.

In abidance with the little known United Nations Convention on Online Reporting of Product Lineup Announcements, which seeks to promote a style that is terse yet rich in information, here’s a quick rundown of the products Asus announced yesterday:

Asus VivoTab Series
:  Asustek’s first Windows RT product, the VivoTab RT, features a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display, Tegra 3 processor, and 64GB storage. According to the company, the 1.15-pound VivoTab RT is the “lightest Windows 8 tablet in the world.”

The lineup also includes the VivoTab Smart, which is essentially the VivoTab RT with an Intel Atom chip and Windows 8 proper. The 1.5-lb Smart has a starting price of $499, whereas the VivoTab RT (with the attachable keyboard) starts at $599.

The Smart is not the only Intel-based tablet in the VivoTab family , though. There’s also the 11.6-inch VivoTab (yes, that’s the name). Despite its US$799 starting price, it too only features an Intel Atom processor. But it does have a couple of things that the Smart doesn’t: optional keyboard dock and a Wacom stylus.

Asus Taichi : A notebook-tablet hybrid, the 2.8-pound Taichi sports two 11.6-inch 1080p IPS displays, one of which supports multitouch. Inside, you’ll find a Core i5/i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, up to 256GB solid state-storage, two USB 3.0 ports, 5MP rear camera, 720p front webcam, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and Intel Wireless Display technology. The Taichi starts at $1,299.

Asus Transformer Book : While not quite as exotic as the Taichi, the Transformer Book is also a hybrid. Its 13.3-inch touch-enabled display (full HD) can be separated from the keyboard, if a Core i5- or i7-powered tablet with up to 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD is all the user needs. Interestingly, its detachable  keyboard houses a 500GB HDD.

Asus Zenbook Series : The Taiwanese company has also made some changes to the Zenbook ultrabook range, adding 14- and 15-inch Ivy Bridge-powered models to it. The new models, which will go on sale next month, are the 14-inch UX42VS and the the 15-inch UX52VS and U500VZ. These new Zenbooks feature IPS displays — only U500VZ and UX31A  to have touchscreen versions — and discrete graphics.

Asus Vivobook Series : This is a new series of touch-enabled ultraportables that comprises the S200 (11.6”) and S400 (14”) ultraportables, both of which are powered by Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors. Both models, according to the company’s official press release, come with ASUS SonicMaster audio and 2-second instant on.To boot, the company will be bundling 32GB of free cloud-based storage for three years.

Asus ET2300 : As per Asus, the ET2300 is an All-in-One PC with “a unique double-hinge design that allows it to be used both as a traditional desktop with an upright display and as a digital canvas that folds flat making it an ideal shared entertainment platform for all family members.” It features a multi-touch 23” high-definition IPS display,  up to an Intel Core i7 processor, integrated graphics or NVIDIA GT630M GPU,  Intel Wireless Display (WiDi), HDMI, and four USB 3.0 ports.

For more details about these upcoming products, please see the company's official announcement .

Image Credit: Asus

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