Asus gives in to Microsoft's Surface, too, VivoTab RT goes to $550 with the keyboard dock

Asus gives in to Microsoft's Surface, too, VivoTab RT goes to $550 with the keyboard dock
After Acer taking a wait-and-see approach with a Windows RT tablet to see if there is room for it at all against Microsoft's own Surface, now Asus is giving up, lowering the price of its VivoTab RT, and even throwing in a free keyboard dock in the process.

There are a few hoops to jump through to get to that $549.99 price plus dock, like signing up for the ASUS Membership program, as well as uploading a picture of the serial number and the purchase label. In the end you get a 32 GB VivoTab RT with a $200 value keyboard dock that doubles the battery life, for $550. 

These moves prove that Microsoft's Surface strategy might play out after all. It didn't subsidize the RT tablet as manufacturers were fearing, but yet the slate is shaping up to be the main consumer choice in the Win RT world, and other makers are gradually throwing in the towel.

source: MSNews

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9 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

And very soon Surface will be KO by Nexus 10, the best 10" tablet in the market.

2. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

are you sure what you are blabbering?

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

N10 will become a successful product but I don't see any reason it slowing down surface sells. And pro is on the way to introduce some radical change.

6. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I love android buddy but Windows even the RT version is almost a full-blown OS and it shard to compete with the functionality factor Windows Tbas bring....I mean of course even I'll be getting a nexus 10 but its no computer

7. gothicheart

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

what is nexus 10?

8. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

You obviously don't know anything about consumerism but everything about fanboyism... Consumers like having choices. TechGeeks would definitely get both. And fanboys like you will stay with what you know and have.

4. exynos5

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

its about surface which is of MS OS...so stop bringing other platforms...

5. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

If manufacturers "throw in the towel" this reduces choices - not good for us the consumer. May also not be good for ms. Fewer choices may make it harder for win rt to get enough market share. I like that ms is making a tablet, but i dont luke the fact it is causing other great brands to not bother trying to compete :(

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

If MS didnt charge them $85 per tablet for Windows RT and Office software, Im sure other manufacturers would be more willing to hop on board. MS shouldnt charge more than $30 for this, honestly.

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