Parading a stunning design, the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 is a tablet that is designed for those people who loves to make a statement with their devices. The slate, which was considered the best tablet at Computex 2015 in Taipei, packs an awesome large display offering superb clarity and wide-viewing angle, with a quad-core Intel processor powering away under the hood.
ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 flaunts a highly attractive slim body at a thickness of only 6.9 millimetres. Inspired by its maker’s design philosophy of “crafting harmonious beauty,” this tablet features a metallic finish with lovely hairline pattern and awesome diamond-cut edges. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 74% and weighs a decent 317 grams. Protective covers are available in three vivid colours to enable users add a bit of personal touch to their own units.
Movie watching on the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 will simply be awesome with its massive 8-inch diagonal display. The IPS panel boasts 2K resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels for a decent pixel density of 324 pixels per inch. ASUS VisualMaster, which comprises TruVivid and Tru2Life technologies, further ensures that the touchscreen offers improved clarity, contrast and brightness. The display should offer breathtaking wide-angle viewing.
Performance and Operating System
ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor. The 64-bit CPU is clocked at 2.33 GHz and should do a good job driving smooth video playback, speedy browsing and enjoyable gaming experience. The chip is paired with generous 4GB of RAM. It appears like the ZenPad S 8.0 will be running on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, but this has not been fully confirmed yet. The OS will be overlaid with ASUS’s ZenUI skin which offers great visual design and several cool features, including ZenMotion and Instant Updates.
Sundry Specs and Features
The tab is outfitted with an 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera well configured to take quality images even in low light conditions. The slate features a USB Type-C port to enable you plug in its cable and charge with any side up. Inbuilt storage memory is 64 GB and this is expandable up to 128 GB through the use of a microSD card. There are also other storage versions of the tablet. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast, micro-USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with Mobile hotspot. GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS is provided for positioning and navigation.
Pricing and Availability
Information on pricing and availability of the ZenPad S 8.0 has not yet been released by ASUS. But the tablet will likely hit the market by the end of the year or in the first quarter of 2015, going by the usual practice of the Taiwanese company.
UPDATE: It’s been revealed the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 will come in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB models. The 32 GB will attract a price of $199 (less than N40,000), which is just about half the price of Apple’s iPad Mini.