The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is an Android tablet with an 8 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display and, an Intel Moorefield processor, and a starting price of $200.
This ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C features an IPS display with wide viewing angles, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, stereo front-facing speakers, a microSDXC card reader, micro USB port, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera.
The tablet ships with Android Lollipop software, and it’s powered by an Intel Atom Z3560 or Z3530 processor (some stores are showing one CPU while others show the other… but the Asus website says the tablet has the slightly less powerful Z3530 chip).
Update: Yep, Best Buy has the model with the Z3530 chip.
The chips are based on Intel’s Moorefield platform and are basically slightly cheaper versions of the chip used in the Asus Zenfone 2 smartphones I recently reviewed. It was remarkably fast for a smartphone that sells for under $300.
Asus also has a launching a cheaper model called the Asus ZenPad 8.0 Z380C soon. It has a 1280 x 800 pixel display, an Intel Atom x3-C3200 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a $130 price tag. You can pre-order that model from Adorama or B&H for $130, but if you’ve got a little extra money, the Z580C model seems like a much better deal.
Asus also plans to launch a higher-priced model of the ZenPad S 8.0 with up to 4GB of RAM, faster chips, USB Type-C connectors, and other premium features.