by Rene Haas

ASUS and NVIDIA achieved a milestone today, unveiling the world’s first Windows RT consumer device at a press conference led by ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, ahead of this week’s Computex tradeshow in Taipei.

The ASUS Windows RT tablet is a 10.1-inch convertible tablet with an optional keyboard dock, powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor. This seamless combination of  intuitive touch experience with PC-class productivity creates a whole new class of device that takes the touch category to a new level.

ASUS didn’t disclose pricing or availability for what they described for now as a product preview.

The tablet will fulfill Microsoft’s vision to deliver a no-compromise, touch-first Windows experience. NVIDIA and ASUS have been working very closely with Microsoft to ensure that the Windows Metro interface runs beautifully on Windows RT systems powered by Tegra3.

For a closer look, check out our brief hands-on video here:

Tablets are one of the hottest categories ever in consumer electronics, with sales expected to exceed 100 million units this year and 650 million anticipated to be in use by 2016, according to  Gartner.

It’s already clear that consumers want a touch-friendly, mobile device with extremely long battery life. Tegra-powered Windows RT devices like ASUS’s Windows RT tablet will be thin and light, silent with no fan, and able to deliver great performance with true multi-tasking). Plus, they’ll offer days of battery life.