Asus Windows 8 RT tablets rumored to start at $599

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While some tablet makers have suggested that Windows RT devices could be priced as low as $ 300, a leaked slide from ZDNet shows that Asus isn’t aiming to compete at that end of the market. If the rumored prices are real, the Tegra 3-powered Asus Vivo Tab RT that we saw at Computex will start at $ 599 (with a $ 199 dock), while the Vivo Tab with an Intel Atom chip will start at $ 799. The leak also says that the 11.6-inch Asus Taichi, a dual-display Windows 8 laptop / tablet hybrid, will start at $ 1,299. With Microsoft hinting that Surface could start at just $ 300, Asus’ Windows 8 lineup looks mighty pricey.

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