The spotlight of Asus’s announcements has been lately centered around its popular ZenFone smartphones. A couple weeks ago, Asus launched a barrage of ZenFone 2 variants at their appropriately named “ZenFestival 2015” event in New Delhi. But not to undermine its tablet effort, a new ZenPad tablet was also unveiled at the event.
We now know what that means for the U.S. The new tablet will come to us as the ZenPad S 8.0, and it packs a few tricks up it’s sleeve, along with a competitive price tag.
Let’s go over the design first. The back cover is mostly taken up by a metallic finish with “diamond hairline pattern”. In addition, there’s a section on the bottom with soft-touch leathery material, which wraps around the frame. At the price-point, I’m assuming the metallic finish is on top of plastic, surrounded by faux leather.
The screen-to-body ratio is a welcoming 74%. It weighs in at 298 grams (0.66 lbs) and is 6.6mm at its thinnest point. It’s great Asus is focusing on details that other OEM’s overlook on aggressively-priced tablets.
The specs on this guy are also decent. As the name suggests, this is an 8″ tablet. But from the price, you may expect a mediocre resolution. Nope, we have a pixel-packed 2K panel here (1536 x 2048 pixels, to be exact). It is an IPS LCD screen, protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
Here’s a breakdown of the other specs:
- SoC: Intel Atom Z3580 or Z3560, quad-core processor, 64-bit, 6430 PowerVR GPU
- Memory: 2GB or 4GB
- Storage: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB options (expandable via microSD up to 128GB)
- Cameras: 8MP rear (f/2.0 aperture) and 5MP front
- Audio: Dual front-facing speakers. DTS-HD Premium Sound built in.
- Battery: 15.2Wh capacity (rated at 8 hrs)
- OS: Zen UI on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop
Oh, and one other thing that puts more bang in that buck, the ZenPad S 8.0 sports the latest USB Type-C port standard. Kudos to Asus for making this a priority.
Another omission on other tablets is stylus support. Not so here. Dubbed the “Z Stylus”, Asus claims you will have a natural writing/drawing experience.
Are you going to be picking Asus’s new tablet? Do you agree that it’s a great value?