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Asus Windows 8 tablets rumored to start at $599

Asus Windows 8 tablets rumored to start at $599

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While some tablet makers have suggested that Windows RT devices could be priced as much as $300 less than Windows 8 Pro devices, a leaked slide from ZDnet shows that Asus isn't aiming to compete at that end of the market.

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While some tablet makers have suggested that Windows RT devices could be priced as low as $300, a leaked slide from ZDNet shows that Asus isn't aiming to compete at that end of the market. If the rumored prices are real, the Tegra 3-powered Asus Vivo Tab RT that we saw at Computex will start at $599 (with a $199 dock), while the Vivo Tab with an Intel Atom chip will start at $799. The leak also says that the 11.6-inch Asus Taichi, a dual-display Windows 8 laptop / tablet hybrid, will start at $1,299. While we still don't have a complete picture of pricing for Windows 8 tablets and laptops, Asus' lineup seems pricey in theory: in the least, they're on the upper-end of what Steve Ballmer called the "sweet spot" for PC pricing.