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AT&T to Launch LTE-Enabled ASUS Windows RT Tablet

ASUS VivoTab RT

Image: ASUS VivoTab RT | Official Website

This Friday, AT&T will be offering the first Windows RT tablet with LTE capabilities—the ASUS VivoTab RT. Weighing 18.3 ounces and measures 0.32 inches thick, the upcoming is said to be one of the lightest Windows RT tablet available in the market.

Last month, Microsoft released their latest operating system—the Windows 8—for x86 chip-based devices, while the Windows RT was designed for ARM devices. However, the latter is not compatible with desktop applications written for older Windows versions. Tablets with Windows 8, on the other hand, will support existing Windows applications.

Aside from ASUS VivoTab RT, AT&T also offers other LTE-enabled tablets like Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Ativ Smart PC with Windows 8. Customers are even given an option to purchase their devices at a lower cost with a two-year contract or at a higher price without the annual commitments.

Features: ASUS VivoTab RT

The ASUS VivoTab RT boasts 10.1-inch screen with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. It also has an accessory dock with built-in keyboard and battery, which makes the tablet’s battery life last up to 15 hours.

First dubbed as Tablet 600, it was first to be shown with Windows RT. Other devices that feature the said operating system are Dell XPS 10 and Microsoft Surface, which is not yet available with 3G or LTE mobile broadband capabilities.

It also features a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 2-megapixel rear camera, 8-megapixel front camera, 32 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, micro-HDMI port and micro-SD slot. The tablet will also come with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT software package. This includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote.

Pricing and Availability

It was reported that pricing for the ASUS VivoTab RT will start at $700. Taking AT&T holiday promotions into consideration, the tablet could cost as lows as $500 for those who will buy the device in addition to a Windows Phone.

However, the Windows tablet should be bought from an AT&T store or AT&T online and sign up for a two-year data plan. To those who will not buy any Windows smartphone, the ASUS VivoTab RT will cost $600.

In addition, the telcos did not immediately comment whether users need to apply for an annual mobile broadband commitments for the tablet. On Newegg.com, the ASUS VivoTab RT’s base model is valued at $549. Other online retails also priced the tablet at $599.

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