The Asus VivoTab and VivoTab Smart good x86 alternatives to the Surface?

Asus recently announced their Windows 8 lineup and I found the The Asus VivoTab and VivoTab Smart quite interesting. Both are affordable Atom tablets, and the VivoTab have a Wacom Digitizer with a laptop dock. The VivoTab Smart will have an optional sleeve with a kickstand which attaches magnetically. Asus will also offer a Bluetooth keyboard, and the price for the devices might start at $499.

From lillputing about the tablets:

Asus VivoTab

The Asus VivoTab features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state disk.

It has a Wacom active digitizer and digital pen (but no place to store the pen). The tablet has a 30Whr battery, a 2MP front-facing camera, and an 8MP rear camera.

Asus also offers an optional keyboard dock with a 25Whr battery. When using the tablet and dock together, Asus says you should be able to get up to 19 hours of battery life.

Asus VivoTab Smart

The VivoTab Smart is a cheaper tablet that’s basically what you’d get if you took the VivoTab RT and swapped out the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor for an Intel Atom chip and replaced Windows RT with Windows 8.

The VivoTab Smart and VivoTab RT are about the same size, shape, and weight. Even the $499 starting prices are the same.

Asus will offer an optional sleeve which attaches to the tablet via magnets. The sleeve doubles as a kickstand, and there’s an optional Bluetooth keyboard.

Pricing for the sleeve and keyboard haven’t yet been set.

This model is thinner and lighter than the VivoTab, but offers similar performance. Unfortunately it won’t work with the VivoTab keyboard docks and there’s no active digitizer, so if you want to use a pen you’ll need to find a capacitive stylus.

Source: http://liliputing.com/2012/10/asus-introduces-vivotab-vivotab-smart-windows-8-tablets-for-499-and-up.html

The VivoTab:

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via www.asus.com

Specifications for VivoTab

OS System Windows 8
CPU Intel® Atom™ Z2760 Dual Core CPU @ 1.8GHz
Memory RAM: 2GB / Storage: 64GB EMMC
Storage 32G / 3 Years ASUS WebStorage
Display 11.6" Ratio: 16:9 ( 1366x768 ) LED Backlight screen with IPS
Scratch resistant Corning® Fit Glass, anti-fingerprint, Super IPS+
Camera 8MP Auto-focus with LED Flash (rear)
2MP (front) with LED indicator
1080p video recording
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Digitizer Wacom digitizer stylus
GPS Supported
Sensor G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, NFC
Interface 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in), 1 x Micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader (SDHC), Internal Microphone,
Quad-Speakers with SonicMaster Audio Technology
Battery Tablet only: 30Wh 10.5* hours Li-polymer,
With mobile dock: 30Wh+ 25Wh – 19* hours
Dimension / Weight 294.2(W) x 188.8 (D) x 8.7 (H)mm / 675g
Remark (1) May vary by SKU and country.
(2) Battery life is measured by playing 720p video playback,

Brightness:100 nits, default volume with headphones

Source: http://www.asus.com/vivo/en/vivoTab.htm

The VivoTab Smart

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via www.asus.com

Specifications for VivoTab Smart:

OS System Windows 8
CPU Intel® Atom™ Z2760 Dual Core CPU @ 1.8GHz
Memory RAM: 2GB
Storage Internal Storage: 64GB
32G / 3 Years ASUS WebStorage
Display 10.1" Ratio: 16:9 ( 1366x768 ) LED Backlit screen with 178° wide viewing angle IPS panel
Camera 8MP, F2.2, Lens: 5P, Auto-focus (rear) with LED flash,
2 MP(front) with LED indicator
1080p video recording
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS Supported
G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, NFC
Sensor
Interface 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in), 1 x Micro HDMI,1 x Micro USB
1 x Micro SD Card Reader, Internal Microphone,
Dual Speaker with SonicMaster Audio Technology
Battery Tablet: 25Wh 8.5* hours Li-polymer
Dimension / Weight 265.5 (W) x 171 (D) x 9.7 (H) mm / 580g
Color: Black / White / Red
Remark (1) May vary by SKU and country.
(2) Battery life is measured by playing 720p video playback,
Brightness:100 nits, default volume with headphones

Source: http://www.asus.com/vivo/en/vivoTab.htm

Since the Tegra chipset in the surface seems a little bit slow here are some benchmarks from Anandtech between the surface and an unknown Clovertrail tablet.

JavaScript Performance
Time in ms (Lower is Better) Kraken SunSpider RIA Bench Focus
Intel Atom Z2760 33855.7ms 714.9ms 3872ms
Microsoft Surface (Tegra 3 1.3GHz) 49595.5ms 981.1ms 5880ms

Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6385/microsoft-surface-review/10

TouchXPRT 2013
Time in Seconds (Lower is Better) Photo Enhance Photo Export Video Transcode MP3 Transcode Photo Slideshow Creation
Intel Atom Z2760 210.83s 73.93s 53.91s 98.66s 85.81s
Microsoft Surface (Tegra 3 1.3GHz) 306.12s 116.36s 87.27s 160.99s 125.06s
ASUS VivoTab RT (Tegra 3 1.3GHz) 312.14s 109.89s 89.69s 155.84s

122.65s

Source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6385/microsoft-surface-review/10

Promotional video for the VivoTab:


Promotional video for the VivoTab Smart


Video from the presentation. The VivoTab and VivoTab Smart are presented at 14:38.

ASUS Windows 8 Launch Event - In Search of Incredible (via LIVEASUS)

So what do you think about these tablets?