It started off as a timid murmur, but soon morphed into a riotous rumble. Keeping the VivoTab Note 8 under wraps any longer thus became futile for Asus, so with only five days to go until CES will be officially underway, the 8-incher has gone official.
Oddly, not through a press release or official announcement of sorts. Instead, a user manual was posted by Asus on its own website, still leaving a few things to the imagination. What’s crystal clear, and has been from the beginning, is VivoTab Note 8’s primary selling point should be stylus support.
The design and hardware, while not exactly lackluster, are bound to resemble a number of existing 8-inch Windows 8.1 contenders a little too much, including the Dell Venue 8 Pro and Lenovo Miix 2.
There’s no HDMI port, no fancy performance enhancements or breakthroughs, just an average Bay Trail SoC, 2 GB RAM, 32 and 64 GB storage options, 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution display, microSD support and stereo speakers.
Rumor has it the 32 GB variant is to cost $300, which sounds about right, and a full formal unveiling is most definitely scheduled for next week, in Las Vegas. Interestingly, the VivoTab Note 8 might also come in a flavor powered by Android, plus one capable of dual-booting Google’s OS and Win 8.1. So that makes two key selling points.