Asus originally unveiled its Wacom-equipped VivoTab Note 8 at CES last month, and Microsoft has quietly started selling the device this week. While Asus originally promised a price of just $299 for the 8-inch tablet, it appears that has increased to $329 based on a Microsoft Store listing. The specifications remain the same, with Intel’s latest Bay Trail Atom processor powering the device, alongside 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The main feature is the addition of a Wacom digitizer and integrated stylus. We found that the implementation is very similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro during our initial impressions at CES, allowing you to glide the pen across the screen to move the cursor without touching the display. There’s also support for pressure sensitivity, and the size of the VivoTab Note 8 makes it useful for note taking. Microsoft started selling the tablet this weekend, but there might be a small number of the devices available initially. While some orders were processed, it’s currently temporarily out of stock online at the Microsoft Store. We’ve reached out to Asus to determine when the VivoTab Note 8 will arrive at other retailers, and any explanation for the $30 price bump. We’ll update you accordingly.