Asus Windows 8 tablet does the switcheroo to a 'Netbook'

Asus Tablet 810 when docked harkens back to the days when the Netbook was in vogue.

Asus Tablet 810 with dock: it runs Windows 8 on top of a next-gen Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom processor and sports an 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768-display.
Asus Tablet 810 with dock: it runs Windows 8 on top of a next-gen Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom processor and sports an 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768-display. CNET Asia

Asus probably wins the smorgasbord award at Computex for showing off the widest range of tablets and hybrids.

Yet another in a collection of Android and Window 8-based designs is the Tablet 810, which runs Windows 8 on top of Intel's yet-to-be-officially announced 32-nanometer dual-core "Clover Trail" Atom chip.

"The Netbook is back, this time in the guise of a tablet computer with a keyboard dock," wrote CNET Asia.

That's not exactly a compliment as Netbooks of yore (circa 2009) were invariably slow. In short, they attempted the impossible: running resource-intensive Windows 7 on top of underpowered Atom chips.

"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 if the new Clover Trail Atom processor within the device can sustain this once you start using more intensive applications," wrote CNET's Vincent Chang.

That said, Windows 8 undoubtedly is snappier on an updated Atom processor than Windows 7 or Windows XP ever was.

The 810 also sports an "Super IPS+" display, which offers good viewing angles, dual cameras -- a 2MP front-facing camera and a 8MP version at the rear -- and 2MB of memory.

Asus has not announced pricing and availability.

Lenovo was displaying a Windows 8 ThinkPad tablet prototype that taps Intel's Clover Trail chip.
Lenovo was displaying a Windows 8 ThinkPad tablet prototype that taps Intel's Clover Trail chip. CNET Asia

And Lenovo was showing a prototype ThinkPad Windows 8 tablet that uses the same Intel Atom Clover Trail chip.

It has a 10.1-inch 1,366x768 display (whose "colors were bright and vibrant, the viewing angles excellent," said CNET Asia), a rear 8MP camera and a flash, a 9.7mm profile, a docking connector, and micro-HDMI port, among other features.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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