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For a while, rumors of a new 8 inch Windows tablet from Asus have been floating around. In mid December, some specs got leaked, and recently, a user manual for the Asus VivoTab Note 8 randomly popped up on Asus.com.

The new tablet hasn’t been announced by Asus yet, and no one knows when the manual was published on the website or if it was mistake or not. Either way, it leads us to believe that there may be a big announcement about the new tablet at the CES trade show in a few days.

The manual that popped up didn’t mention anything about the specs of the tablet, but the previously leaked information said that the device will be powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom “Bay Trail” Z3740, an 8 inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, 2 GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage space, a microSD slot, a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera, and a 5 megapixel rear facing camera. It also comes equipped with Windows 8.1 and a free version of Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student.

The specs are almost identical to the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Lenovo Miix 2. Throwing another tablet in the mix with basically the same exact specs, it makes it seem like we will have the same problem we had with the early Windows Phones. There will be literally nothing to differentiate one from the other besides the name of the manufacturer printed on it somewhere. The newly discovered online manual confirms this, but does not mention Wacom. Other competing 8 inch tablets offer styus support, but Wacom is the best and would be the main advantage to the new Asus tablet.

There is currently no word on availability or pricing for the device yet, but Asus will more than likely make more announcements on that at CES. Asus was a little bit late to the tablet game, but they were one of the first computer companies rumored to be working on a Windows slate, and it seems like they may be a little bit ahead of the curve, despite their lateness.

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With an FCC listing and a new report out of Korea, we now have more information about two of four unannounced tablets from Samsung. Expected to land in the first quarter of 2014, we have the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite and an unnamed 10.5 inch Super AMOLED tablet.

In regards to the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, there really isn’t too much left to wonder about. The price tag for this 7 inch tablet is rumored to be about $100. Current rumors about the hardware tell us that it will be very similar to the original Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. We will find out for sure if everyone is right in about three weeks when it is unveiled during the Las Vegas CES 2014 expo.

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The only real thing we don’t know about is the connectivity options. No insiders have came out and said if there will be a 3G model released alongside the Wi-Fi only model or not. The Variant of the tablet spotted at the federal agency has the SM-T110 model number and doesn’t have any 3G or 4G capabilities. It also doesn’t have a flash for it’s rear facing camera. Neither of these things are very surprising though, there aren’t too many extra flashy features that you should be expecting from a $100 tablet. The fact that it even has a camera at all is impressive to me at that price.

As for the far more secretive Galaxy Tab with a Super AMOLED display, most of it is still a secret. Rumor has it that it will be announced at CES next month with a 10.5 inch design, and will probably be followed up with an 8 inch variant later on in the year.

If you are trying to find specs or features on this bad boy, you’re probably not going to find that information anywhere yet. We don’t even know anything the design or how it will look at all. We will have to wait a little bit for that exciting information. I am expecting a lot out of this tablet though. After the huge failure of the Galaxy Tab 7.7, I’m positive that this tablet will blow us away and have a strong marketing campaign to go along with it.

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