Asus Windows 8 Slates to Cost as Much as $1300

With Windows 8 due out in a little over a month, we expect companies will start talking about pricing and availability for their own Windows 8 devices pretty soon. Until that happens, though, all we've got to go on are rumors, and the rumor mill has a pretty high price tag on Asus' Windows 8 slate.

According to a leaked slide obtained by ZDNet, the Asus' Windows 8 RT slate is going to start at $599. From there, prices will head up to $1200. The $599 Windows RT-based Vivo Tab RT packs a 10.1-inch display, a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, Office 2013, and an optional $200 keyboard dock. Next is the Vivo tab, which starts at $799 (plus another $200 for the keyboard dock), an 11.6-inch display, an Atom Z2760 CPU, and an Office trial. Lastly, there's the $1299 Taichi, which boasts dual 11.6-inch full HD panels and Bang & Olufsen speakers.

The slide is a roadmap for the holiday season, so Asus is clearly hoping to shift units during the most shopping-heavy period of the year. The question is: will people buy tablets at such a high price? The problem is that tablets, up until quite recently, have been entertainment devices. Built for reading, browsing and watching, they weren't billed as productivity machines. Slowly, though, the tablet model is shifting. PC makers are building devices like Microsoft's Surface, which boasts a full OS and doubles as a laptop when you add in the keyboard peripheral. Now the issue is convincing consumers that a tablet/notebook hybrid can do just as good a job as a laptop and is worth more than the average tablet in terms of pricing.

According to ZDNet, this slide is a preliminary roadmap, which means pricing could change before launch. How much would you pay for one of these devices? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • nbelote
    I can't justify using one for anything other than consumption so as little as possible right now. Give it a few years, when the technology truly catches up to the idea and I can have my gaming/productivity tablet workhorse and we'll see.
  • house70
    "Asus Windows 8 Slates to Cost as Little as $599"

    I fixed the title for you, making it sound less negative. Your job now is to change the second half of the "article" to match it (unless, of course, you intended it to sound negative, but who would assume such a preposterous thing?).
  • CaedenV
    ya... the more and I hear about the tablets coming out, the more I am thinking I will stick with a desktop and try and find a large capable phone. Loose the whole laptop/netbook/tablet form factor entirely.

    The PC isn't dead, but the laptop will soon be an endangered species.
  • sundragon
    I suspect these are not going to steal tablet sales from Apple/Android unless the OS/ apps end up being amazing.
    $1200 for a tablet with windows 8? I think a laptop would be a better choice. I would love more competition in the tablet arena but this isn't going to cut it...

    I'll wait for a proper review before passing final judgment. Up till now it's previews and hype.
  • mcd023
    so, it's either the surface or Samsung's convertible for a high end convertible, then?
  • teh_chem
    Price aside, I wonder if ASUS' programming support groups are extended to Windows 8 devices? Because if the price doesn't discourage people from buying these tablets, their software support for sure will. Pooch screw after pooch screw on their Android tablets has 100% turned me off form any ASUS device ever again. Their support on standard windows laptops hasn't been the best either--or rather, if you were unlucky enough to buy one of their less-popular laptops, good luck expecting decent BIOS or firmware updates. Their UL80J laptop support fiasco really pissed me off, and then they got me again with my TF101 and constant crap with each ICS OTA update since Honeycomb. No more ASUS devices for me.
  • dark_lord69
    I'm just gonna say what we are all thinking...
    Why would someone buy an 11" slate when they can get a full power (and larger screen size) laptop for less?

    Lets see.... gaming laptop or a stupid little tablet, oh no, hard choice!

    Kindle HD? sure, it's a fair price
    If you want proformance the Nexus 7 has the same CPU for HUNDREDS less... I don't think microsoft is going to steal anyone away from the Android OS.
  • ddpruitt
    At $799 for the cheapest model (include the cost of the keyboard, can't use Office without one) I'd spend the money and get a laptop with more power. I already have a 10" A500 tablet with a keyboard that cost a lot less that I use for productivity purposes. I couldn't justify the cost of a table at that price, I'd imaging the only people who would consider one are the same people looking at iPads.
  • spasmolytic46
    Why would I want to pay so much for a shitty laptop in a different form factor with only windows store approved apps for programs and then buy a keyboard dock for a ridiculous amount of money?
  • back_by_demand
    It's a preliminary roadmap of prices, because when MS prices the Surface $200 cheaper for RT and $400 cheaper for Pro then Asus will sell precisely ZERO units, they are all waiting on MS here