The Asus VivoTab Note 8 is a Windows 8.1 tablet with an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, an 8 inch display, and a pressure-sensitive digital pen. First introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the VivoTab Note 8 is now available… in limited quantities.
The tablet went up for sale at the Microsoft Store this weekend, but the retailer quickly ran out of stock. It’s already been available for a few days in parts of Europe though, and Chippy from UMPC Portal has already picked one up and spent some time with the VivoTab Note 8.
Most of the tablet’s specs should look familiar to anyone who’s been keeping an eye on 8 inch Windows tablets. The VivoTab Note 8 has an Atom Z3740 processor, an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB to 64GB of storage. It has front and rear cameras, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and support for Miracast wireless display technology.
The tablet also has a microSD card slot and a headset jack, but no HDMI output.
While it’s not the first tablet of its type to feature an active digitizer and support for a digital pen, it is one of the first with a digitizer from Wacom, and it’s one of the first to include a stylus in the box. If you buy a Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet you get the digitizer, but you’ll need to buy the pen separately.
Overall, Chippy thinks Dell’s tablet feels nicer in the hand and has a better looking display, but the Asus tablet has better support for pen input — and also has a slot in the tablet where you can store the pen when it’s not in use. That’s pretty much what I thought when I first saw the tablet in January, but I’m hoping to get some more time with the VivoTab Note 8 in the coming weeks.