Asus appears poised to release an 8" tablet running Windows 8.1. Laptoping spotted the manual for the VivoTab Note 8 on Asus' website (PDF), and the document details an 8" slate with front and rear camers, an integrated stylus, a Micro USB 2.0 port, a microSD slot, and the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
Although the manual is short on specifications, the information matches details leaked earlier this month by German site Mobile Geeks. According to that report, the VivoTab Note 8 will sport the same Bay Trail-based Atom Z3740 processor as Asus' Transformer Book T100 convertible. That chip has quad cores that scale up to 1.86GHz, and it delivers a very smooth Windows experience. The integrated GPU is even capable of handling a decent assortment of games.
The VivoTab Note 8 is said to have a 1280x800 display, so rendering games at the native resolution shouldn't be too challenging. Touchscreen input is supported, of course, and the stylus might be an active one. Mobile Geeks claims the tablet has a Wacom-based digitizer and stylus, though that combo might be optional rather than part of the base configuration.
According to Mobile Geeks, the VivoTab Note 8 measures 0.43" thick and weighs 0.84 lbs, putting it in the same ballpark as comparable devices from Dell and Toshiba. The VivoTab will reportedly have a similar $300 starting price, too. Asus said earlier this year that sub-$300 Win8 tablets were "likely," so I'd expect a $299 sticker.
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