We don't know if Acer is still sulking in the corner over having to compete with Microsoft in the Windows 8 tablet arena, but one company that isn't is Asus. Instead, Asus today unveiled its Viva Tab and Viva Tab RT tablets (formerly known as as Asus Tablet 810 and 600, respectively). Both models are dual-purpose tablets built to run Windows 8/RT with a detachable QWERTY keyboard dock.
The Vivo Tab features a next generation Atom processor (model unspecified), 2GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage (eMMC, or embedded multimedia card), and an 11.6-inch Super IPS+ display with a 1366x768 resolution, which unfortunately falls well short of the Retina Display found on Apple's third generation iPad device. It also has an 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera for video chat, built-in NFC sensor, and 10-point multi-touch support, all packed in a frame that's 8.7mm thin and weighing 675g.
On the Windows RT side, the Vivo Tab RT is slightly smaller (10.1-inch Super IPS+ display, also with a 1366x768 resolution), thinner (8.3mm) and lighter (520g). It's built around Nvidia's ARM-based Tegra 3 quad-core processor and has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (eMMC), and the same cameras and NFC support as the Vivo Tab.
Asus said pricing and availability will vary by country. We suspect these will launch at or around the same time as Windows 8 on October 26.