As expected, Asus is introducing a new line of Android tablets under the ZenPad name. They’ll be available with 7, 8, or 10.1 inch displays, but Asus is only really providing details about two 8 inch models right now.

The Asus ZenPad 8.0 is a tablet with an Intel Atom x3 processor (or a Qualcomm Snapdragon  410 chip on some models) and optional support for 4G LTE data and phone functionality.

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is a WiFi-only model with an Intel Atom Z3580 Moorefield processor and premium specs including a high-resolution display and up to 4GB of RAM.

Asus ZenPad 8.0
Asus ZenPad 8.0

Like the company’s ZenBook laptops, these new models are positioned as premium devices… but I think Asus is using the Zen name pretty liberally these days, since the Asus ZenWatch and ZenFone aren’t exactly high-end devices.

Likewise, the ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL or Z380C) certainly seems like an entry level device: It has a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, supports 1GB or 2GB of RAM and 8GB or 16GB of storage. It has a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.

The ZenPad S 8.0, on the other hand, has a 2048 x 1536 pixel IPS display, supports 16GB to 64GB of storage, and the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA features a USB Type-C port (there’s also a Z580C model that has a micro USB port and 2GB of RAM).

The ZenPad S 8.0 is available with up to an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.

Asus ZenPad S 8.0
Asus ZenPad S 8.0

Both tablets features 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 15.2 Wh batteries, and Android 5.0 software with the Asus ZenUI interface.

Asus hasn’t announced the price or release date for either tablet yet, but given that the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 basically has the specs of a $299 ZenFone 2 (but with a bigger, higher-resolution display, lower-resolution rear camera, and lack of 802.11ac WiFi), there’s every reason to think that even the higher-priced of the new tablets will be reasonably affordable.

Accessories (Z Stylus, Audio and Battery covers)

Asus also plans to offer an optional Z Stylus, which is a digital pen that allows you to write or draw on the screen with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Want better sound from your tablet? You can also remove the back cover of the ZenPad 8 tablets and replace them with alternate covers that change the look of the tablet thanks to different colors, textures, or materials… or which add functionality to the tablet.

For instance there’s an optional Audio Cover that adds 6 speakers 5.1 channel audio tot he tablet. There’s also a Power Case that has a built-in battery, extending your run time to up to 15 hours.

Other ZenPad tablets

Asus also plans to offer several 7 inch models and a 10 inch version which will be available with an optional keyboard.

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8 replies on “Asus launches ZenPad line of tablets with 7 to 10 inch screens”

  1. Lack of 802.11ac on the S model tablets is a deal-breaker. Oh well, still waiting on that Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet.

    1. Especially if its like last years atom processors, wireless N and bluetooth on the same chip. Causing interference with one another constantly. If it doesn’t at least have 5ghz capability, its unusable in my book.

  2. Beware of Asus Android tablets especially those using Intel based processors whether Bay trail( Intel own graphics) or Mooorefield ( imagination graphics) because they may never get upgrades to the latest software! I Know I have one using Bay trail and I am still on Kit Kat while Google is busy talking about Android M whatever they decide to call it! These devices will soon be 2 generations behind in less than one year…Android is a mess when it comes to upgrades! Besides I am done with Android tablets from now on all I will need is a Windows 10/ 2 in one device like the acer Aspire line and a Nexus phone if Google ever sees fit to release a sequel to the N5. Ever thing else is trash, unsupported at that!

    1. I’m going to say this. If you have a recent Android…who cares! Ok, instead of a square, the icon is a circle. Yay! Instead of up, you go down. The OS has matured.

      1. You are hurting developers if all of you guys are not on the same version of android. 85% of WP users are on WP8.1 Lollipop is not up to 10% and M is almost out.

        1. That genie is long out of the bottle. There are tons of Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and Kit Kat devices out there that will stay on those versions until they break or get retired from service. Without some system of centralized and forced upgrades, there was never going to be any way to keep Android as unified as WP or iOS.

    2. Intel has the Android update 2 weeks after release.
      https://www.androidguys.com/2014/09/10/intel-reference-design-aims-deliver-android-updates-within-two-weeks-release/

      The bottleneck is not Intel, but the manufacturer (and the operator in case of phones). It has nothing to do with x86 vs ARM. Nexus is a completely different story, while it’s controlled by Google directly. Nexus devices get the updates promptly, including the Intel based Nexus Player.

      https://www.techtimes.com/articles/56381/20150529/you-can-now-download-android-m-developer-preview-for-nexus-5-nexus-6-nexus-9-and-nexus-player.htm

    3. Asus isn’t great about releasing android updates sadly. My old memopad hd7 from 2013.. Promised otg support. Still nada. still 4.2.2. Oh! If you use a powered otg adapter, you can use low power devices like a keyboard/mouse! No flash drives or anything.

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