Following today’s reveal, I had a brief opportunity to get my hands on the VivoTab 8. The 380g tablet really feels light when you consider the operating system running on it, looks nearly identical to Dell’s Venue 8 Pro and feels comfortable in your hand with a pleasing soft touch back.
It pack a brightIPSdisplay with 1280 x 800 resolution and seems to render color realistically with good blacks and pure whites. Powering things is an Intel Atom Z3740 processor, 2GB of memory, and a 15.5Whr battery. Of course the VivoTab 8 has a welcomesurprise on its lower right side: A professional Wacom Digitizer stylus.
In my admittedly short testing, the stylus was super responsive and felt intuitive to use almost immediately. Asus says the stylus has palm-detection and about 1000 levels of pressure sensitivity, which seems about right for a Wacom. What hooked me right away was the handwriting recognition, quickly detecting and translating my chicken scratch into actual words.
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