Asus was one of the first companies to launch a 10 inch Windows tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor. But while rivals Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba have smaller 8 inch models, Asus has yet to launch a smaller Windows tablet.
A listing on the Asus website suggests that could change soon.
Update: It looks like this tablet will be called the Asus VivoTab Note 8, and it will likely include an active digitizer, support for a digital pen, and a price tag of around $299.
Further evidence comes from a retail listing which seems to confirm that the M80TA is a Windows 8.1 tablet with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, an Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail processor, and Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student. Interestingly that retail product page suggests the 8 inch model might have a feature the larger Transformer Book lacks: support for a stylus.
What’s less clear is whether the 8 inch tablet will come with a keyboard dock like the one that comes with the 10 inch model.
Asus is scheduled to hold a press conference in Las Vegas on January 6th. Maybe that’s when we’ll learn more about the company’s plans for this 8 inch tablet, as well as the upcoming Asus Padfone X.