New iPad Mini Gets Beaten as World’s Lightest Windows 8.1 Tablet Goes on Sale

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

Apple’s product are amazing devices, there’s no doubt about that. However, there are many other rivaling products on the market that deserve our attention, as well, such as Asus’s new VivoTab 8 Windows 8.1-based tablet which now goes on sale.
lightest windows 8.1 tablet asus vs ipad mini 3
Asus has begun selling what it calls ‘the world’s lightest tablet’ that runs the Windows 8.1 operating system. Of course, there are chances for some other vendor do put this under the doubt, but most likely that could be a totally unknown OEM. The Asus VivoTab 8 weighs only 330 grams and is now available for purchase in Japan for a price of 33800 yen, which translates into around $312. However, once the 8-inch tablet will roll out to new countries, pricing is bound to differ

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Asus VivoTab 8 is even lighter than the iPad Mini 3

With its weigh of only 330 grams, the Asus VivoTab 8 actually matches and slightly bests the newest iPad mini 3 which has about the same weight. The Wi‑Fi-only version of the iPad Mini 3 weighs around 331 g and the Wi‑Fi + Cellular is at 341 g. Let’s have a look at some more features of the Asus VivoTab 8:

  • 8” display with 1280*800 resolution
  • quad-core Intel Atom Z3745 application processor (1.33GHz/1.86GHz)
  • 2GB of LPDDR3 memory
  • 32GB of NAND flash storage which is 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)
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing
  • Office Home and Business 2013
  • 124.9mm*211.7mm*8.8mm (W*D*H), 330 grams

Asus has managed to produc the lightest x86-based Windows tablet but as we can see, it comes with other interesting specs. So, in the end, you won’t be paying just for the fact that it’s lightweight, but you’ll also get some more than decent specs.

READ ALSO: Dell’s New Latitude 13 Windows Ultrabook is 4G, Has Detachable Display and Intel Core M Broadwell Processor

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