As the world keenly watches the next-round of the tablet war with Microsoft and its longstanding partners gearing up to launch the tablets that run on Windows 8 OS and Apple designing the launch of a smaller version of iPad in the same month, rumors are rife that Microsoft's hardware partner Asus has priced the Vivo Tab RT model at $599.

The Tegra 3-powered model is billed to be more expensive than an iPad. The tablets are likely to bear close resemblance to the existing devices comprising similar processing chips and sporting Microsoft app store. The tablet will sport a 10.1-inch Super IPS display.

Though most tablet manufacturers are likely to price Windows RT devices as low as $300, Asus does not appear keen to compete at the lower end of the market.

Reports from The Verge note that Vivo Tab with Intel Atom chip will be priced at $799.

Another version of the tablet viz., 11.6-inch Asus Taichi, that comes with a dual-display is billed as a tablet hybrid, is likely to start at $1,299.

The price range shows that Asus devices are seen on the higher end of the spectrum, popularly referred to as "sweet spot," for PC pricing.