Asus is giving Android tablet buyers no less than four new options in a range of screen sizes and features. The newly-announced ZenPad line will start with a full-size model, two mid-size ones, and a single small tablet.
The ZenPad S 8.0 has been designed to offer high-end performance, while the ZenPad 8.0 will include a backplate that can be swapped out to bring additional functions, including longer battery life and 5.1 surround sound.
The smallest model Asus unveiled today was the the ZenPad 7.0, while the largest was the ZenPad 10.1.
There is no word yet on when any of these tablets will be released, or what they will cost when they hit store shelves. However, Asus’ announcements today heavily emphasized the two 8-inch models, revealing far more details about them than the other two, likely indicating that they will be out first.
The ZenPad line, which was announced today at Computex in Thailand, will replace the company’s MeMO Pad line.
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Details
The ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580C) will be the first 8-inch tablet to sport 4 GB of RAM. This Android 5.0-based model will also have a 64-bit 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor. Buyers will have a choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot will add up to 128 GB more.
This tablet will include a 1536 x 2048 (QXGA) IPS display, giving it a very high 324ppi pixel density. The ZenPad S 8.0 will be one of the first tablets with a USB Type-C port, replacing the traditional micro-USB one.
All of this will go into a casing that’s just 6.6 mm thick and 298 g..
Asus plans to offer this model as a WiFi-only device, and made no mention of an LTE-enabled version.
Unveiled alongside was the Z Stylus, a pen specifically designed to be used with the ZenPad S 8.0. It will offer up to 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and a 1.2mm writing tip.
Asus ZenPad 8.0 Details
Although the ZenPad 8.0 (Z380C) will have the same size screen as the S version, its resolution will be much lower: 1280 x 800. It will run Android 5.0 on a 64-bit 1.2 GHz quad-core Intel Atom x3-C3200 processor with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM. Buyers will have a choice of 8 GB or 16 GB of built-in storage that can be expanded by up to 64 GB with a microSD card slot.
The back panel of this tablet will be removable, and Asus will offer four replacement panels. Two of these are simply for esthetic reasons, but Audio Cover will bring immersive 5.1-channel surround sound, while the Power Case will extend the ZenPad 8.0’s battery life by up to 15 hours.
There will be both WiFi-only and LTE-enabled versions of this mobile computer. The LTE version will also be able to function as a phone.
Asus ZenPad 7.0 Details
Like its slightly larger sister model, the ZenPad 7.0 (Z370C) will have a 1280 x 800 screen. It will run Android 5.0 Lollipop on a 64-bit 1.2 GHz quad-core Intel Atom x3-C3200 processor, and include either 1GB or 2GB of RAM and 8 GB or 16 GB of storage, depending on the configuration the buyer chooses.
At this point, it appears that there won’t be an LTE version of this model, just a WiFi-only one.
Asus ZenPad 10.1 Details
Asus will sell the ZenPad 10.1 with an optional keyboard.
Aside from its 10.1-inch screen, this tablet will have the same specifications as the ZenPad 7.0 and 8.0, including the same version of Android running on the same Atom processor and identical memory options. The 1280 x 800 resolution will be quite low on a screen of this size.