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Microsoft Selling Asus VivoTab Note 8 M80T With Wacom Tech

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 10 comments

This Asus tablet supports a Wacom stylus.

Originally introduced during CES 2014 last month, the VivoTab Note 8 tablet from Asus is now listed on the Microsoft Store for $329 USD for the 32 GB model. The tablet is designed for one-handed use, providing ultra-slim bezels and a digitizer stylus based on Wacom technology.

"The digitizer stylus affords the best possible accuracy, speed, and responsiveness," the company revealed last month. "This, combined with over 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity, provides an extremely natural writing or drawing experience, meaning you really can leave your sketchpad or notebook at home; the VivoTab Note 8 is all you need!"

According to the specs, the tablet has an 8-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800. This screen is backed by Intel's Atom Z3740 chip clocked up to 1.86 GHz, 2 GB of memory and a 15.5 Whr battery promising up to 8 hours on a single charge. Windows 8.1 (32 bit) is the OS of choice.

As for other features, the tablet comes with 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for 64 GB of additional storage. The tablet also has a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.2MP camera on the front, integrated Intel HD graphics, a microUSB port, support for Miracast and more. Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 comes pre-installed.

For the 7-inch crowd, Nvidia has its own stylus-based layout for Android OEMs to distribute, the Tegra Note 7. Unlike the Asus tablet that relies on Wacom technology, Nvidia's stylus tech is all in-house, thanks to the Tegra 4 chip. The device also includes an LED-lit 7-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution and 10-point touch input, 16 GB of internal storage, 1 GB of RAM, and more. We reviewed EVGA Tegra Note 7 version here.

If you're looking for a big tablet with stylus-based input, there's always the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, sporting a 10.1-inch screen with a 2560 x 1600 resolution. This is also an Android tablet, backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, 3 GB of RAM, up to 64 GB of internal storage and a battery promising up to 10 hours on a single charge. Other goodies include an 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front.

As for the Asus tablet, Microsoft shows that the VivoTab Note 8 is out of stock, so keep checking back if this device tickles your fancy. If you don't want to wait, there are other options on the market like those listed above.

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    notsleep , February 10, 2014 9:36 PM
    price is great on the asus but spec sucks compared to galaxy note. price sucks on the galaxy note but spec better than asus. :p 
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 11, 2014 12:18 AM
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    price is great on the asus but spec sucks compared to galaxy note. price sucks on the galaxy note but spec better than asus. :p 
    A device in the lower price sector is offering worse specs?! *GASP* How can this be?I like this tablet. I decided that I will not buy another Android tablet because more can be done on Windows ones (and Baldur's Gate is just ASKING to be played on a Windows touch-enabled tablet!) But this screen resolution... meh. And 32-bit Windows? When will this die already?
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    back_by_demand , February 11, 2014 12:43 AM
    A rash of 8" Win 8 devices, flood the market, >>>>>> Profit?
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    nhat11 , February 11, 2014 5:30 AM
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    price is great on the asus but spec sucks compared to galaxy note. price sucks on the galaxy note but spec better than asus. :p 
    WTF are you talking about? It runs on a x86 with the new baytrail atom cpu. Also with Wacom Tech and for $329 that's a really good priced tablet. I wish I didn't buy that Dell tablet
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    ZolaIII , February 11, 2014 5:38 AM
    Not a bad for a productivity tablet, even a price is good considering its Windows based.Specifications are OK except GPU side so this is only a productivity based tablet.I can't not to ask what amount of those 32GB are left on users disposal after win + office are installed? & what are the multimedia capabilities (decode & output)?
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    w8gaming , February 11, 2014 7:16 AM
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    Not a bad for a productivity tablet, even a price is good considering its Windows based.Specifications are OK except GPU side so this is only a productivity based tablet.I can't not to ask what amount of those 32GB are left on users disposal after win + office are installed? & what are the multimedia capabilities (decode & output)?


    Video and audio playback in Windows platform beats every other platform out there, be it Android or iOS. Get the right codec and everything will play flawlessly. As Asus include the recovery partition as a separate microSD card, the OS itself probably takes up 10GB to 12GB and it is likely to have around 18GB free space available. Not a whole lot. GPU wise it is a underclocked Intel 4400. You will not be able to play state of the art games on it, but a lot of older games can still be played. There is a concern about overheating and crash if playing 3D intensive games though as this will be a passively cooled unit and modern games generates lots of heat. Should have similar performance like any other Bay Trail tablet in the market now, such as Dell Venue 8 Pro.
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    ZolaIII , February 11, 2014 10:23 AM
    @ w8gamingIts a cut down (?) HD4000 & under clocked!Funny thing is that most developers this days actually use open source media libs so you can have all the same on Linux (& you have).Considering amount of work that Intel is doing recently on improving Linux & GPU support under it I can't not to notice how this could be a much better product with Linux costing 50$ less, with open office (OGL & AGPU HWA), Zram, dual boot (With Android) & still consuming only half of storage space bat there is no final touch based interface yet (Uniti touch is still in development).
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    WebsWalker , February 12, 2014 5:00 PM
    Yes!!! finally!!!!I was hopping one day a manufacturer will get out of this stupid race to the pixel and the OS bits!!!Who cares it's not 64bits? if there is no more than 2GB of RAM it's useless to go for 64bits, and by the way despite it's a x86 system, I doubt people will use a 8" tablett to do some heavy multi-tasking, thus 2GB should be more than enough!The Screen resolution is quite correct actually, it's not like the osnter from Samsung or Aple but again why should we need that? With my current Nexus7 I don't have a monster resolution either but anyway it's enough to enjoy movies, and higher res would just made the proc to warm more and the battery to be drained.Thus I think this is a great move!If only smartphone could go this way too... I don't say I don't want any overkill products (I don't care) but I would like a 4" smartphone with a correct CPU and a real battery to run it for at least 2-3 days.Anyway good move Asus, propose something else than just pixels and screen size!
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    Lawrence Cacham , February 20, 2014 8:51 PM
    I have this tablet, but it's called a Dell Venue,,, =} Yes I know it's not the exact same, but close nuff. I use my Dell Venue 8 Pro mainly to write on, and work related things. These are awesome little tablets when coupled with keyboards like the KZ450, etc.Love my little win tablet!!!!
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    Lawrence Cacham , February 20, 2014 8:58 PM
    Oh, I see a few mentions about the smallish 32gig main drive. That's fine as there's actually enuff space left on the drive for the residuals that build up over time, and I keep all my data on a micro sd card(128gig).I'd rather keep all my apps n progz on the external drive anyways, they run just fine, from the few games I like to the office apps I use, etc, etc, etc... I have endless videos and audio files on it... Endless to me anyways per my usage needs. I plan on owning a couple different models of win mini tabs eventually. I couldn't beat the Dell Venue's price tag though and this thing looks like it's fair priced and will come down some in the next year. Sorry all for redundancy.