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Asus announced ZenPads including ZenPad S8 with 8-inch IPS display, octa-core processor and USB Type C connector

ByinAnnouncements | June 2, 2015

Asus ZenPad S 8.0
In order not to disappoint its faithful customers and score some new ones, this year at Computex Asus brought a lot of devices to showcase. In addition to the second generation ZenWatch and ZenFone Selfie, the Taiwanese company also announced no less than four new Android tablets. Called ZenPads, all four devices belong to the new Zen family.

Asus’ new Zen family include ZenPad S8 and ZenPad 8 tablets

Asus ZenPad 8.0
All tablets that Asus introduced today are interesting in their own way, however, there is one that especially stands out. It’s called ZenPad S8 and it comes with some pretty impressive specs. The tablet has an 8-inch IPS display with generous 2048×1536 resolution in 4:3 ratio and is powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3580 processor.

The device also sports a new USB Type C connector, 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel shooter on the front. The S 8.0 model measures 8 x 5.3 x 0.26 inches, weighs in at 10.5 oz and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus’ skin on top. It will come with optional stylus.

The more modest 8-inch variant, called simply ZenPad 8, features a 11280×800 resolution IPS LCD screen, 5-megapixel main camera and 2-megapixel selfie shooter. Under the hood it has a quad-core Intel Atom x3-C3230RK Silvermont chipset paired with 2GB of RAM and up to 16GB of expandable storage. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop too but has slightly different dimensions than the S model – 8.22 x 4.84 x 0.33 inches.

In addition, the ZenPad 8 offers LTE with phone functionality, unlike the ZenPad S8 which is a Wi-Fi-only device. Moreover, the ZenPad 8 has swappable back which allows users not only to change the appearance of the table but also add some functionality such as 5.1-channel surround speakers or external battery that can extend the slate’s battery life to 15 hours.

Asus wasn’t very forthcoming about the other two tablets. The manufacturer only mentioned that the 10-inch ZenPad will have detachable keyboard. There will be also a 7-inch model, but its specs remain unknown for now.

As it was the case with the ZenWatch 2, Asus didn’t reveal any details regarding the tablets’ availability or pricing. Late summer or early fall seems like a probable launch date, however, keep in mind that at this point it’s nothing more than mere speculations. We wouldn’t venture a guess as to how much each of the tablets may cost, but considering Asus’ competitive pricing, we can expect the Zen quartet to be rather affordable.

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