Computex 2012: Asus Tablet 810 hands on

The netbook is back, this time in the guise of a tablet computer with a keyboard dock. At least, that's what we thought as we went through the specs of the Asus Tablet 810.

Asus basically "Transformed" an x86-based tablet to get the Tablet 810.
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It has an 11.6-inch display, an Intel Atom processor and 2GB of RAM. And it runs Windows, though it's the new, touchscreen-friendly Windows 8, instead of XP.

What's different this time?

As it happens, plenty. Asus' netbooks — the company did come up with the concept — were small, inexpensive laptops built mostly with plastic. The new Tablet 810 uses mostly aluminium, and you can separate the keyboard dock from the screen. The build quality is also significantly better. You could say that it's pretty similar to the company's Transformer Android slates.

The Asus Tablet 810 appeared to have no trouble running more than one app at the same time.
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Of course, the biggest change is in the operating system, with Windows 8 adding the touch interface. This means that you could use the Tablet 810 as a slate, without ever touching its keyboard dock, which serves a dual role of extending the tablet's battery life and increasing your productivity for tasks that aren't suited for touch. It also adds a USB port at the side.

The screen resolution — 1366x768 — isn't as high as Asus' upcoming Zenbooks, but it's good enough for an 11.6-inch screen. Some may find the screen bezel a bit thicker than usual, but it's a requirement mandated by Microsoft to ensure an optimal user experience. The main reason: Windows 8 depends heavily on touch gestures involving swiping in from the bezel edges. Viewing angles, however, are excellent, thanks to the Super IPS+ panel used.

To show that the Tablet 810 is more about creating content, it supports a Wacom digitiser pen.
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An optional accessory is a digitiser stylus pen from Wacom. It's touted as a useful tool that shows the productivity side of Windows 8 tablets. The tablet will also come with dual cameras — a 2MP front-facing camera and an 8MP version at the rear.

Notice the new Windows logo on the keyboard?
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Although the Metro interface on the Tablet 810 ran smoothly, and there was no lag even with multiple apps open, it's hard to tell whether the new Clover Trail Atom processor within the device can sustain this once you start using more intensive applications. Its 2GB of RAM seems like too little, even on Windows 7. We have a feeling that the 810's snappy performance over a typical netbook is down to the 64GB SSD within — netbooks generally come with HDDs.

Asus has yet to announce the price and availability of the Tablet 810, but, as with all the Windows 8-based devices that we have seen at Computex, you can probably expect them later this year, when Microsoft officially launches its OS.

Via CNET Asia

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BrianC5 posted a comment   

To handle more demanding software, I hope the tablet can be upgraded to 4 GB RAM and 128 SD HD.


trebor83 posted a reply   

That's going to be the potential problem with the Intel powered Windows 8 Tablets, people are going to want to be able,try to run demanding programs on them that they can run on their PC. Especially these hybrid style ones that can look and behave the same as a latop. Unless they spec them the same as an entry level laptop (your 4gig of RAM) people are going to be disappointed with how they actually perform. I guess the obvious solution would be for the keyboard dock to provide the extra memory as well as battery life when it is connected


Chandler posted a reply   

Thunderbolt keyboard dock with GPU anyone...?

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