Asustek Computer has quietly begun to sell the world’s lightest tablet that runs Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8.1 operating system. Asus VivoTab 8, which weighs only 330 grams, is now available in Japan, but shortly it will make to other markets as well. Surprisingly, the slate is not very expensive.
Asus VivoTab 8 (M81C) features an 8” display with 1280*800 resolution and is powered by quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 application processor (1.33GHz/1.86GHz). The device features 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, 32GB of NAND flash storage (expandable with a microSD card slot), 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two 2MP cameras (front and back), GPS/GLONASS, accelerometer, gyroscope, Hall effect sensor, stereo speakers (1.5W + 1.5W) and so on. The tablet runs Windows 8.1 with Bing and comes with Office Home and Business 2013.
The VivoTab 8 slate measures 124.9mm*211.7mm*8.8mm (W*D*H) and weighs just 330 grams, which makes it the lightest x86-based Windows tablets on the planet.
Asustek’s VivoTab 8 can run all Windows applications and is compatible with a wide range of external accessories, such as keyboards, mice, external storage and so on; hence, it is easy to transform it into a rather feature-rich personal computer.
The VivoTab 8 slate was formally introduced in September. At present it is available in Japan for ¥33800 (£194.6, €246.9, $312), which is not a lot for the country of the rising sun, reports Akiba PC Hotline. If prices in other countries remain on the same level (most probably they will be a tad lower), then the world’s lightest x86 tablet with Windows has good chances to become very popular.
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KitGuru Says: The only not very good thing about Asustek’s tablet is its 8” screen with a rather low resolution of 1280*800. Other than that, the tablet seems to be just perfect: quad-core application processor, 2GB of LPDDR3 memory, 330 grams weight and ability to run all Windows programs.