Asus unveiled the mid-range tablet: ZenPad 8.0 at Computex back in July this year and now the company has announced its availability in the Indian market at a pretty competitive price of Rs 14,999.
The company claims that the ZenPad 8.0, which is the high-end model, running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset aims to offer the ZenFone experience on bigger screen. We have been using the bigger Asus ZenPad 8 for a quite some time, and here is the first impression.
With the Zen branding, the tablet has not similarities to the Zen series smartphones. However, the tablet follows the design language of other Zen devices such as the popular ZenFone 2, but the back of the tablet has a nice textured finish, which we dont's see on other Zen branding devices.
The ZenPad 8.0 has a very minimal bezels and there is no off-screen Android soft-keys and the screen occupies about 76.5 percent of the front with narrow borders on all sides. It comes with a thin metallic strip around the screen creating a impression that the device is made of metal. The rear panel is made of plastic and has a rough finish for better grip to hold.
Asus claims that the design is inspired by the Zen design philosophy of crafting harmonious beauty and functionality. With its clean lines, unique design, and elegant leather patterning, ASUS ZenPad 8.0 has refined, luxurious styling that fits any setting. A polished metallic band frames the edge, adding a bold visual accent.
As the name suggest ZenPad 8.0 sports an 8 inch display with a resolution of 1200x800 pixels with an aspect ration of 16:10. The company claims that the tablet has been designed for reading and multimedia consumption.
The VisualMaster technology is a suite of exclusive visual enhancement technologies that combine hardware and software to optimize all aspects of the display resulting in an incredibly realistic viewing experience.
The ZenPad 8.0 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and runs on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system with ZenUI on top. It comes with 16GB of internal storage and thankfully it has a microSD card slot to expand storage up to 64GB.
There is an 8 megapixel camera on the back along with a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls. The camera comes with intelligent contrast enhancement that analyzes and optimizes each pixel in an image before it is reproduced, rendering more detail in the highlights and shadows to reveal the true beauty in your pictures.
Asus has also came up with the Audio cover accessory, which is sold separately for an additional Rs. 3,000. The Audio cover also functions as a protective cover and has a add-on DTS-tuned speaker. Thanks to the direct connector pins and doesn't required any pairing. Well, the cover is bit bulky and the makes the tablet feels more like a diary.
The Audio cover has an excellent finish and texture and even comes with a magnetic sensor that unlocks that tablet when flipped.