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Asus outs the VivoTab Note 8, an 8-inch, $300 Windows tablet with a Wacom stylus

Asus will join the likes of Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba when it ships its new 8-inch Windows tablet powered by an Intel Bay Trail-class CPU. But the Asus VivoTab Note 8 has one key differentiator: A Wacom digitizer stylus.

The tablet's IPS display delivers native resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels and is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 processor, 2GB of memory, and up to 64GB of storage. Onboard storage can be supplemented with up to a 64GB microSD card, and Asus is bundling unlimited cloud storage free for one year.

The VivoTab is outfitted with a 5 megapixel rear camera and a high-definition front-facing camera. The tablet does not have HDMI out, so Toshiba's Encore (and Lenovo's new business-oriented ThinkPad 8, announced yesterday) will have an advantage on that front--at least with folks who want to connect their tablet to a larger display.

The VivoTab Note 8 will be available late in the first quarter or early in the second at prices starting at $299 for the 32GB model and $349 for the 64GB model.

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