The ZenPad 8.0 and 10 are Asus’s Answer to Mid-Range Android Tablets


Asus8-10ZenbookThe ZenPad is from Asus. Let me correct myself, it’s not just a singular product from Asus, it’s an entire line of Android tablets that have been on the rise for quite a btt. See, in general, Android tablets are not as eye-popping of a product than say, Apple or Dell. However, Asus is one of the proud manufacturers that have been a tremendous aid in getting Android tablets off of the ground and into the very busy market. In particular, back when the Asus Google Nexus 7 came out in 2013, things kinda started in the right direction. Now, the ZenPad line, an affordable series of tablets that has been around for a while, is proof that Asus’s efforts in this territory are anything but in vain.

The latest for the tech company will be two new ZenPad devices, releasing in both 8-inch and 10-inch variants, dubbed as the Asus ZenPad 8.0 (Z380M) and ZenPad 10 (Z300M), respectively. Because the new models belong to an already established family of tablet devices, we should find them similar in respects to previously launched ZenPads. However, their target market will be entry to mid-range level tablet consumers, so expect the main differences to be internal hardware.

Asus8-10Zenbook1Funny I said that, because the hardware on these two are exactly the same- both featuring MediaTek’s MT8163 quad-core CPU. Come to think, nearly everything else about both the Asus ZenPad 8.0 and ZenPad 10 are identical, including a pixel resolution of 1280 x 800, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/n/ support, Bluetooth, GPS, a micro USB, a microSD card slot for extra storage, and headset jack. Plus, out of the box, both will run Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). Cameras include a rear-facing 5MP shooter, and a front-facing 2MP shooter. Not great, but could be worse.

So there’s nothing that separates the two ZenPad models? Reading up until now, that’s pretty much how it seems, but differences actually exist. Finally we can find out why the ZenPad 8.0 is considered the entry-level brother of the two. Well, according to Android Geeks, this guy, who features a single speaker in the front, is expected to run 8 hours without a charge. Two configurations for the ZenPad 8.0 include a 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage model, and a 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage model. When were talking about the bigger, 10-inch ZenPad 10, we can expect to see two speakers located on the front, a good 11 hours of battery life, and you get 2GB of RAM, with either the 16GB or 32GB internal storage options.

Asus8-10Zenbook2Additionally, the ZenPad 10 will “come with” (we aren’t yet sure if it is included or sold separately) a Bluetooth keyboard. Dubbed the “Asus Mobile Dock”, the keyboard will provide that particular iteration with a nice typing option, on-the-verge of giving it a 2-in-1 hybrid feel. Pricing will start at $178 for the ZenPad 8, and $223 for the larger ZenPad 10.

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