Asus has just unveiled the VivoTab ME400 tablet in the UK, and in case it looks familiar, it’s probably because it is. In fact, it’s the same VivoTab Smart Win 8 slate we’ve seen landing in the US back in December, but for some reason Asus has felt the need for some quick re-branding.
What Asus hasn’t done is shave something off the 10-incher’s price, set in Great Britain at a hefty £399 (around $630). That’s just for the tab due out in January 31, be it in ceramic white, diamond blue or poppy red, while the optional cover or cover with keyboard will make you shell out an extra £39.99 or £89.99 respectively.
But does the VivoTab ME400 warrant its extravagant pricing? Well, yes and no. On one hand, you have your “full Windows 8 experience”, a dual-core 1.8 GHz Intel Atom CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage and 8 MP/2 MP dual cameras, all premium specs in today’s tablet décor.
On the other, there’s that 1,366 x 768 pix res display that can’t even be called mediocre nowadays and has become downright ridiculous. It’s ultimately your choice, but maybe you should wait for a discount or a next-gen Windows-based slate.