ASUS VivoBook X102BA press shot surfaces - a Win 8 PC geared toward students?

Asus is planning to expand its Vivo line-up by launching a new Windows 8 PC called VivoBook X102BA.

SweClockers published a leaked press shot of the notebook on Friday and reported that it would feature a 1.0GHz, dual-core AMD A4-1200 CPU with Radeon HD 8180 for graphics. The mid-range PC will also sport a 10-inch screen, 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. One of the more interesting bits is that Asus will reportedly ship the new VivoBook with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

Read: Asus Chromebooks reportedly set to launch by end of year

Speculation began to emerge on Thursday about Asus entering the Chromebook market by the end of 2013. The company apparently wants to hook more consumers in the education industry and boost shipment numbers for notebooks. Asus experienced a significant drop in notebook demand in Q3, though the third quarter typically sees a back-to-school spike for manufacturers.

The VivoBook X102BA - coupled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 - could be an enticing lure for students, especially because it will launch around school time in September for $440 (£284). That's certainly not a bad price for budget-conscious parents, either.