CES 2014: Looking at the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 with Wacom tablet technology

10 January 2014, 10:16 am EST By Alexandra Burlacu Mobile&Apps

ASUS unveiled several new devices this week at CES 2014, including its new VivoTab Note 8 Windows 8.1 slate that boasts Wacom tablet technology.

CES 2014 is one of the largest tech events of the year and numerous companies take advantage of the opportunity to have all eyes on their latest and greatest products. ASUS introduced several devices at this year's CES, including a new dual-OS Transformer Book Duet, the PadFone X, new ZenFones, and the exciting ASUS VivoTab Note 8 tablet.

The new VivoTab Note 8 runs Microsoft's latest Windows 8.1 operating system and comes with the Professional Wacom Digitizer Stylus. In terms of specifications, the new ASUS VivoTab Note 8 sports an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 "Bay Trail" processor, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 64GB SSD, a 5-megapixel camera, and an HD front-facing camera. The tablet also has microSD card support for up to 64GB of additional memory, supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0+HS. The slate's 15.5Whr battery will last for up to eight hours on a single charge.

With the Wacom digitizer support, the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 provides up to 1,000 levels of pressure, which should translate into excellent stylus performance. On the software side, the tablet will come with Student software, Microsoft Office Home (including PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Word and OneNote), SonicMaster audio technology, and more pre-loaded.

The press release touted the ASUS VivoTab Note 8 as "an ideal productivity tool," suitable for professionals and students alike. The tablet sports slim bezels around its high-definition display and an elegant design that "deserves pride of place in any business or educational environment." ASUS further boasts that its new Windows 8.1 tablet is "the best pen-based tablet for productivity or creativity."

The new ASUS VivoTab Note 8 comes with an attractive price as well, as it will retail for $299. The budget-friendly price tag already makes it appealing, but the Wacom Digitizer Stylus will likely be the slate's strongest selling point. For more highlights from ASUS' CES 2014 press event, check out the video below.

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