We have seen the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 appear in leaks before and now the company has officially rolled out the device at CES 2014All major brand vendors have put out 8-inch tablets on the market (Acer’s Iconia W4, Toshiba’s Encore 8, Dell’s Venue 8 Pro and Lenovo’s IdeaTab Miix 2), but this is the only product of its kind to bring support to a Wacom stylus.
The rest of the specs are pretty similar to what’s already available on the market so far. The VivoTab Note 8 comes with an 8-inch IPS screen that features a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and draws power from an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor (from the Bay Trail family) paired with 2GB of RAM and backed-up to 64GB of internal storage.
Other standard specifications includes two cameras, (5MP rear one and a frontal HD snapper) microSD card slot and stereo speakers. The whole machine is kept alive by a 15.5Whr battery.
The main selling point here will probably be the pen, as Wacom is known to be pretty popular among tablet stylus lovers. According to ASUS, the pen is capable of supporting up 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity and can be used to navigate more easily in Windows 8 or in graphic and note taking apps.
Also worthy of mention is that you can use the pen to hoover over the screen, as you would do with your mouse pointer. This might come in-handy when you’re using desktop apps or in case you’re used to navigating in a desktop environment and you feel more at ease like that.
The VivoTab Note 8 dimensions are 8.7 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches / 22 x 13.4 x 1 cm and is weight is said to be 13.4 ounces / 380 g, very thin and light to be carried around wherever you go.
Expect the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 to become available in the first quarter of the year, or at the beginning of the second. The device will sell for $299 / €219 (the 32GB version) and for $349 / €256 (for the 64GB model). That’s pretty much the same price range as the Acer, Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba offerings.