Saturday , August 19 2017

Asus brings three new Zenpad tablets and accessories to IFA

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Asus didn’t just announce a slew of new Zenfones and a new watch at IFA, but a number of updates for its Zenpad tablet series too. Starting with wallet-friendly prices (the base model is EUR199), the new Zenpad series has a number of variants so you’ll find one that suits your needs – be they fashionable or technical.

The ZenPad S 8.0, Zenpad 8.0 and ZenPad 10 share a number of world-first features, from tablets with 4GB of RAM powering them, DTS-HD audio decoding, HDTV image processing and customisation options. All the new tablets feature Asus’ “Visual Master” screen technology, which the company says brings greater contrast and sharpness.

Asus had a number of suggestions for what the “S” in the ZenPad S 8.0 means, but they seemed to like Super, and with the tablet’s spec list it’s hard to argue. It’s the first tablet with 4GB of RAM on board, with an Intel Atom processor running the show and a crisp QXGA (2048×1536) IPS screen. The tablet also supports Asus’ Z Stylus, and has DTS-HD premium sound. The Zenpad S 8.0 is starting at €269.

The Zenpad 8.0 runs on Intel Atom processor with 2GB of RAM. Asus has brought in a series of interchangeable covers with elegant leather patterns, diamond-cut highlights and a checkered diamond pattern on some edges to really make your tablet pop. For cases, you’ve got the option of the Zen Clutch which encloses the tablet like a clutch bag for protection, a more standard Zen Case, and a Power Case which houses an extra battery for your tablet. Its starting price in Europe will be €199.

There’s also the Audio Cover, which holds 6 (!) speakers and a subwoofer, and can last 6 hours on a charge. It’ll be sold with the Zenpad 8.0 in a “Zenpad Theater” bundle at €249.

Finally, the Zenpad 10 brings style and performance with front-facing speakers, again powered by an Intel Atom CPU with 2GB of RAM. There’s a number of optional accessories to bring extra functionality like the Asus Audio Dock, which brings a detachable keyboard and Bluetooth speakers. It’s also compatible with the Z Stylus. It’s starting at €299.

We don’t have local availability for the new Asus Zenpad range yet, and it usually doesn’t follow too quickly. We’re anticipating a chance to go hands-on with the tablets over the weekend at Asus’ IFA booth, so if there’s anything you’d like us to check out drop a note in the comments section below.

Does Asus’ Zenpad series take your fancy? Which one of these could be your next tablet? Tell us in the comments!

 

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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