The official Asus website has published a user manual for the Asus VivoTab Note 8 (M80TA), confirming existence of the company’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet.
The device was first spotted in an FCC filling a month ago and the specifications of the device leaked late December. Now we have some additional info on it. Probably the most important is presence of a dedicated slot for a pen, which means the VivoTab Note 8 will definitely support pen input and now it looks like it will be a standard hardware option.
Also worth noting is that the Windows button will be located on a side, like on the Dell Venue 8 Pro, instead of on the front panel. Reviewers of the Venue 8 Pro often consider the side positioning of the button as a downside. The M80TA manual additionally confirms front and rear cameras, a microSD card slot, and stereo speakers, as well as a fact that the tablet won’t have HDMI or any other video output port, but not much more of the specifications are mentioned in it. Instead, the manual is mostly focused on general Windows 8.1 use.
According to earlier revealed specs, the VivoTab Note 8 (M80TA) has the Intel Atom Atom Z3740 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB internal storage, Wacom digitizer support on the 1280×800 IPS 8″ screen, and GPS. The basic price is reportedly $300.
Another interesting thing in the manual is a device list in the EC Declaration of Conformity chapter, mentioning the M80T, L80T, R80T, M81T, L81T, R81T, M82T, L82T, and R82T products. The same devices were listed in the aforementioned FCC filling. The first three are Windows devices, while the next trio is based on Android. The remaining three offer Windows / Android dual-boot.