At a press conference on Monday led by Asus Chairman Jonney Shih, both Asus and Nvidia introduced the world's first Windows RT consumer device: essentially a Windows 8-based 10.1-inch convertible tablet running on an ARM-based quad-core Tegra 3 SoC.
So far pricing and availability is unknown, but Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8 in October at the least -- Windows RT may arrive in the same timeframe or sometimes thereafter. An Android-based Transformer Prime with similar specs currently costs around $499 and the optional keyboard dock for around $99.
"The tablet will fulfill Microsoft’s vision to deliver a no-compromise, touch-first Windows experience," Nvidia said in a bog. "Nvidia and Asus have been working very closely with Microsoft to ensure that the Windows Metro interface runs beautifully on Windows RT systems powered by Tegra3."
Additional reports have stated that the tablet is called "Asus Tablet 600" and shown running Windows RT Tablet Preview edition during the press conference. It weighs 520 grams and measures just 8.35-mm thick, and features a rear-facing 8MP camera with LED flash, a front-facing 2MP camera, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a 1366 x 768 IPS IPS+display, a digital compass and NFC technology.
Like the Asus Transformer Prime, it will have an optional keyboard dock sold separately. The dock will have a trackpad and integrated battery.
"It’s already clear that consumers want a touch-friendly, mobile device with extremely long battery life," Nvidia said. "Tegra-powered Windows RT devices like Asus’s Windows RT tablet will be thin and light, silent with no fan, and able to deliver great performance with true multi-tasking). Plus, they’ll offer days of battery life."
Expect actual pricing and release details later this year.