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Asus unveils the low-cost VivoTab 8 Windows 8 slate

cjmagowan  —  4 years ago ( Sep 09, 2014 )    |    Computing, Gadgets


Earlier this year Asus released a Windows 8 tablet as the Asus VivoTab Note 8 which supports pen input for a price of $330. Though similar devices exists at a lower price, Asus may used of the Touch Pen input to market its VivoTab Note 8.

But what if you don’t need the pen then? Asus got an answer to that. The tech company recently release the new Asus VivoTab 8 (M81C), it’s the latest Windows 8 powered slate from Asus with further affordability in mind.

To keep the device at a lower cost, Asus have to ditch the digital pen support and few other things. Though some feature will have to be absent from the new slate it’s still a capable performer with its 1280 x 800 8-inch display.

Under the skin, the VivoTab 8 runs on 1.33 GHz Quad-core Z3746 Intel Atom Bay Trail Processor with either 2 GB of RAM or 1 GB RAM in some regions. For the new slate, it’s got a 32 GB of built-in memory with microSD card support for users who may wish to expand this storage space.

Additionally, to keep the price low, Asus opted to a lower resolution built-in cameras. Users of the  VivoTab 8 will have to get used to for the  2 Megapixel cameras on the front and rear. The slate is also equipped with a modest 15.2 WHr battery instead of the 15.5 WHr from its higher-end cousin.

To keep things favorable, The VivoTab 8 is much lighter at 11.6 ounces and measuring at 8.3 x 4.9 x 0.35 inch. It comes with a standard connectivity options that includes Wi-Fi 802.11/n and Bluetooth 4.0. It also includes stereo speakers and the latest Windows 8.1 OS plus a 1 year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.

The new VivoTab 8 has already been unveiled but Asus is yet to announced the availability of the device in the market but is expected to cost much lower than the current VivoTab Note 8. When available, the VivoTab 8 will come in different color options: Black, White, Purple and Gold with a slimmer bezel.