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The Asus VivoTab Note 8 (left) and Lenovo ThinkPad 8.

Asus VivoTab Note 8

Available in Q2; local pricing to be announced

Unveiled at this year's CES tradeshow, this 8-inch Asus tablet includes a stylus for note-taking.

While having a stylus is not exactly unique, the difference here is that the Wacom digitiser on the VivoTab Note 8 provides more than 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The device is also intelligent enough to know that your palm is resting on the screen and will not register that as input.

This leads to a more natural handwriting experience than a non-Wacom solution can offer. The stylus can be stowed safely in a built-in holder at the tablet's bottom edge when it is not in use.

The rest of the tablet is fairly standard. It has the usual hardware, including a 1,280 x 800-pixel IPS screen and up to 64GB of storage. At 380g, the VivoTab should be as handy as the Lenovo Miix 2. Asus claims that the VivoTab produces better audio due to its proprietary SonicMaster technology.

Asus has yet to reveal local prices for this tablet. The 32GB version will cost US$299 (S$380) in the United States.

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