Asus Vivo Tab RT

The Asus Vivo Tab RT is one of several new touch-screen tablets due this fall running theWindows RT operating system. (That’s the stripped-down version of Windows 8.) It will be going head-to-head with other RT tablets such as Microsoft Surface and Samsung’s Ativ Tab, all of which are due to be released this autumn.

The Vivo Tab was first announced at the IFA trade show in Germany in late August, as part of the entire lineup of Asus Windows 8/RT tablets and laptops. But the tablet’s first Stateside appearance was at a recent AT&T event in New York City, where the Vivo Tab was featured as one of the first Windows RT devices hitting the wireless carrier’s product line, replete with 4G LTE connectivity on board.

Asus Vivo Tab RT(Credit: Brian Bennett/CNET)

The VivoTab RT has a 10.1-inch, 1,366×768-pixel Super IPS display and is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 TE quad-core processor, along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview Edition come included (but note that should be the case with every RT machine).

An 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, and built-in NFC round out the Vivo Tab RT’s feature set.

We were able to handle the Vivo Tab RT for a few minutes during AT&T’s press event (see video above). At just under 1.2 pounds, the razor thin (one-third of an inch) slate is both easy to hold with one hand despite its sizable screen (a bit larger than that of the iPad). That weight and thickness will swell if you add the optional keyboard dock, which gives the Vivo Tab more of the appearance of a traditional laptop.

The Vivo Tab RT also sports a handsome aesthetic with sober black and silver surfaces. We also feel it’s a more attractive and practical portable product than Samsung’s thicker and heavier Ativ Smart PC, a full Windows 8 tablet also coming from AT&T.

If you prefer that full version of Windows 8, note that a step-up version of the Vivo Tab running the grown-up version of Microsoft’s OS is also planned. That model will be powered by the next-gen version of Intel’s Atom CPU.

It’s unclear if the Vivo Tab RT will be available on any other carriers in the U.S., or if it will be coming in a Wi-Fi-only version at some point. Also unknown is the price and exact release date of the AT&T version.

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