ASUS is definitely working on a new 8-inch tablet. An ASUS tablet bearing the code M80TA has already been spotted going through the FCC not so long ago.And this week some of its specifications appeared online, detailing a device powered by the latest Bay Trail chip architecture and maybe bringing support to a smart stylus of sorts.
Now German site MobileGeeks brings new information about the unannounced slate in order to complete the overall picture. The name of the device has also been unveiled, so meet the ASUS VivoTab Note 8.
Confirming what we already knew from previous tips, it appears the new 8-inch slate will run Windows 8.1 out of the box (but no Android, so the dual-boot option becomes obsolete) and will offer support to a Wacom stylus. The whole bundle will be priced at a competitive €299 / $411 on the European market.
The report moves on to provide the whole set of specification for the upcoming slate plus an image (granted, it’s a bit blurred but you will be able to get an idea about its look, actually reminiscent of the Dell Venue Pro 8).
The ASUS VivoTab Note 8 will sport an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The producing company powers the device via an Intel dual-core Atom Bay Trail processor clocked at 1.8GHz (maybe an Atom Z3740?) coupled with 2GB of RAM.
Customers grabbing the 8-incher will be able to choose between 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, expandable via the microSD card. Furthermore, the VivoTab will have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and maybe 3G/4G LTE and two cameras (5MP on the back and a 1.2 frontal snapper).
When it launches, the tablet will be one the lightest on the market, at just 380g / 0.8 lbs. ASUS will offer the new slate for $299 / $217 on the American market, a little bit cheaper than the European version.