Yet another addition has been made to the growing list of eight-inch Windows 8 tablet—but this one isn’t quite like the others. As Engadget reports, the $329.99 Asus VivoTab Note 8, which recently appeared on the Microsoft Store, comes with a Wacom digital stylus.
Coupled with Windows’ rather reliable handwriting recognition, the stylus could be useful for text input. Artsy types could find other uses for it, as well, provided the touch screen doesn’t have too much input lag. Lag definitely is a problem with some other devices, like Samsung’s Galaxy Note phablets.
Stylus aside, Asus’ VivoTab Note 8 looks like a fairly run-of-the-mill 8" Windows slate. It’s got a Bay Trail processor (Atom Z3740), 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC flash storage, a microSD slot, two cameras (1.2 megapixels up front, five at the rear), and an eight-hour battery. The Microsoft Store listing says the device is 0.4" thick and weighs 0.85 lbs, which is also not out of the ordinary.
The $329.99 asking price does make the VivoTab Note 8 a tad pricier than its competitors. Other, stylus-free slates with similar specs, like Toshiba’s Encore or Dell’s Venue 8, can be found for $299. That’s purely an academic issue at this stage, though—the Microsoft Store lists the VivoTab Note 8 as out of stock, and I see no way to pre-order.