ASUS outs VivoTab Note 8 with Wacom digitizer stylus, eight-hour battery
Brace yourselves, as more 8" Windows tablets are coming! ASUS just unveiled the VivoTab Note 8, which sets itself apart with a professional Wacom digitizer stylus that lets you scribble on the 1280x800 pixels display. Designed for one-handed usage, the tablet offers slim bezels, 220.9 x 133.8 x 10.95 mm dimensions, and just 380g of weight, which is a pretty good achievement for a full-on Windows 8.1 slate.
Powered by Intel's new Atom Z3740 processor, it offers up to 8 hours battery life from the 15.5 Whr battery, 2 GB of memory, up to 64 GB of storage plus a microSD slot, and a free year of unlimited ASUS WebStorage. You will also get a 5 MP rear camera and HD front-facing camera, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0+HS, Miracast, and a micro USB port connectivity. Provided by the so-called Golden Ear team at ASUS, the tablet's two rear stereo speakers with larger than usual resonance chambers sport SonicMaster audio tech, giving "rich, rounded bass," though we have to hear it before we pass any judgment.
The most interesting part is, of course, the integrated Wacom digitizer stylus pen that sits in a silo alongside the bottom edge of the tablet, offering over a thousand levels of pressure sensitivity for a natural writing or drawing feel. The VivoTab Note 8 hints that it's targeted towards professionals and students, as it arrives packing Microsoft Office Home and Student edition. Price and availability for the 8-incher will be known further down the road, but it certainly sounds like a small Windows tablet with a lot to offer, and it will be priced in a fun way, too, as we've come to expect from ASUS, starting at $299 for the 32 GB version.