The ZenPad S 8.0 is an impressive tablet from Asus that comes loaded with several latest features. It is affordable that contrasts with its rich features and quality. Asus is known for its excellent lineup of tablets and this one promises much more to the user at a comparatively low price.
Intended for the average user, the ZenPad S 8.0 delivers what it promises. It offers a balance for use as both entertainment and a productivity tablet. Below is an overview of the Asus ZenPad S 8.0.
Design and Build
The design of the ZenPad S 8.0 features an all-metallic finish frame that provides a sturdy feel when holding the device. The back is made of aluminum that offers good comfort while holding the device. Measuring about 203.2 x 134.5 x 6.5 mm, the tablet weighs around 298 grams that makes it highly portable.
Another key part of the design is the inclusion of the USB Type-C port, the latest standard that provides greater speeds in data transfer and battery charging. The Gorilla® Glass embedded display also makes the ZenPad S 8.0 a tougher one that can withstand even a small accidental drop.
The ZenPad S 8.0 features an IPS LCD screen having a resolution of 1536 x 2058 pixels. The display renders highly sharp images, which is indeed surprising considering the price of the tablet. The color rendition is also more natural with more depth in displaying blacks.
The display also supports Active Pen support thereby enabling the user to easily integrate and use a stylus to make graphical illustrations or scribble notes on the tablet. Also integrated into the ZenPad S 8.0’s display is Asus’s Visual Master Technology that provides more display performance.
Powering the ZenPad S 8.0 is a quad core Intel Atom Z3560 64 bit processor. This is combined with 2 GB of RAM that offers solid performance in executing hard tasks using the tablet. The graphics unit contains an IMG PowerVR Series 6 G6430 GPU that renders graphic rich applications and playing of high definition movies with ease. The processor in the ZenPad S 8.0 offers exceptional performance and has scored well in numerous benchmark tests.
A 15.2 Wh Li-polymer battery is used in the ZenPad S 8.0, and according to Asus, it offers about eight hours of backup during intense usage. The tablet provides excellent backup making it suitable for daily use and can last for up to two days through light usage.
The ZenPad S 8.0 features twin front facing speakers that incorporate the DTS HD Premium Sound Technology. However, the sound levels are not that much compared to other tablets. It still offers decent sound levels suited for watching movies even though with weak bass.