Asus is launching its most affordable Windows tablet to date. The Asus VivoTab 8 should hit the streets in October for $199.

The 8 inch Windows tablet is basically the same tablet as the VivoTab Note 8 which launched earlier this year… if you take away the active digitizer, stylus, and $330 starting price.

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Asus first revealed the new VivoTab 8 at the IFA trade show in Berlin earlier this month, but the company wasn’t ready to talk about a US price or release date at the time.

Now we know that the tablet will be available in October for under $200.

For that price you get a tablet with an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display with wide viewing angles, an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.

The tablet has a 15.2 Wh battery for up to 8 hours of run time and built-in GPS and 802.11n WiFi. There are 2MP cameras on the front and back of the tablet, and it features a microSD card slot for up to 64GB of removable stroage.

The Asus VivoTab 8 measures 8.3″ x 4.9″ x 0.35″ and weighs less than 12 ounces.

It’s not the cheapest Windows tablet available… HP and Toshiba bother offer more affordable models. But the Asus VivoTab 8 has more memory and storage than the HP Stream or Toshiba Encore Mini tablets and it has better screen viewing angles than Toshiba’s cheapest tablet.



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11 replies on “Asus VivoTab 8 Windows tablet coming in October for $199”

  1. I wonder how these less expensive windows machine fare in day to day usage.

    1. I’ve had an Asus note 8 for seven months of every day use as a work device. The grind has taken its toll. I have a bent microUSB port that makes it hard to charge the device. The display is a mess, with lines that look like leaking LEDs. I’ve had none of the digitizer failure that others have reported. In all, its been a reliable device, but it is a bit worse for the wear. Thankfully, I have MS Complete so I’ll be taking it in for service soon.

  2. Is it “wide viewing angels” or “wide viewing angles”? ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Aaaand… the DV8P still is better, cheaper, has a better camera and a digitizer (although it’s not Wacom)

    1. The Dell is plagued by its Synaptics digitizer problems.
      The Asus VivoTab Note’s Wacom digitizer problems have
      apparently been fixed.

  4. Will there be a Note refresh or have they fixed the failing active digitizers on the current Note?

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