Asus has at least two different models of the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 tablet. The cheaper model went on sale at Best Buy this week for $199. But a higher-end version with a faster processor, more RAM, and other premium specs is coming soon.
So how much will the Asus ZenPad Z580CA cost? About $299… at least for a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
B&H has posted a product page for the high-end model
, but it’s not yet available for purchase. Update: You can now pre-order the tablet.
Like the cheaper Z580C model, the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA-C1 features an 8 inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel display and Google Android 5.0 software.
But this model has a number of features which set it apart from the cheaper model:
- Intel Atom Z3580 Moorefield chip rather than Atom Z3530
- 4GB of RAM rather than 2GB
- 64GB of storage rather than 32GB
- 8MP rear and 5MP front camera rather than 5MP/2MP
- 802.11ac WiFi rather than 802.11n
- USB Type-C connector rather than micro USB
- Support for an active pen (which will likely be sold separately) Update: Asus tells us the “Z Stylus” will also work with the $199 model.
Both models have front-facing stereo speakers, a microSDXC card, GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, and a 15.2 Wh battery for up to 8 hours of run time.
While $299 might seem like a lot of money to spend on an Android tablet at a time when you can pick up a Windows tablet for under $100, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 series of tablets have high-res screens, speedy processors, plenty of memory, and other premium specs… and they’re still cheaper than the latest iPad mini models.
That said, the Asus website suggests we could also see versions of the Z580CA with 16GB or 32GB of storage, which means it’s possible there could be a $249ish model on the way.