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ASUS VivoTab Smart: Meet the Most Affordable Windows 8 Tablet

Time to unbox the ASUS VivoTab Smart!
Time to unbox the ASUS Vivo Tab Smart!

Meet the most affordable Windows 8 Tablet: The ASUS VivoTab Smart

The Microsoft Surface Pro is not your only option if you’re in the market for a Windows 8 tablet PC. The ASUS VivoTab Smart, which retails for a little over php25,000, has the full Windows 8 experience packed into it and with the right accessories you can actually use it as your laptop. The specs won’t allow for heavy applications though but it should be enough for core apps like Microsoft Office, e-mail, browsing, and watching videos. Think of it as a modern-day hybrid tablet netbook of sorts.

Here’s a quick rundown of the specifications:

ASUS VivoTab Smart Spec Sheet

  • 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 Dual-core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64GB Internal Storage, around 32GB available for the user
  • 32GB 36 Months ASUS Webstorage Space (Cloud)
  • 10.1-inches Multi-Touch IPS Screen WXGA, 1366×768 Resolution
  • 8.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus, F/2.2 aperture, BSI, and 5-element lens
  • 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera
  • WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Windows 8 Software
  • Ports: 2-in-1 audio jack, micro HDMI, Mirco USB, Micro SD Card Reader (SDHC)

To get a better feel of the features and the design, watch this promotional video from ASUS:

We also featured the ASUS VivoTab Smart during the last episode of the Unbox Video Podcast. To watch us do a quick review, check out the video below. Just skip to 26:25 if you want to get straight to that segment.

Who is it for?

Build is very similar to the ASUS Padfone (back and screen)
Build is very similar to the ASUS Padfone (back and screen)

Given that it can’t run graphics demanding games and apps, it stands that the ASUS VivoTab Smart is really for people who use laptops more for office work (sans photo and video editing). If you’re looking for a device that will allow you to create documents, presentations, e-mails, etc., then this might be worth looking it. However please note that you don’t get a USB port with the ASUS VivoTab Smart and that’s a major letdown considering it would have been a great productivity device. Also the magnetic keyboard and cover are sold separately. We were told that it would be available locally late May.

What the back looks like
What the back looks like

If this is something you want we recommend that you wait for the accessories. Otherwise it’s just a tablet which doesn’t really give you the full Windows 8 experience. Windows 8 is meant to be more of a Hybrid experience and for you to full enjoy that you need a keyboard with a trackpad.

The ASUS VivoTab Smart is already available locally. You can get it at Widget City for just Php24,900.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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