Last week, we saw the ASUS ZenPad 8 tablet leaking out on the web sporting an 8 inch display and a potentially powerful SoC inside. Well, this tablet has finally gone official today as part of the Computex Taiwan event. The company also unveiled the ZenWatch 2 wearable and the ZenFone Selfie handset during the same event, so a lot of hardware was on offer today.
There are basically two variants of the ZenPad 8, one which sports a budget range hardware while the other comes with a really impressive high end specs sheet, this model is also known as the ZenPad S 8.0.
This variant sports an 8 inch 2048 x 1536 resolution display, the quad core Intel Atom Z3580 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel front camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop along with a 15.2 Wh battery pack.
The interesting part here is that ASUS is also offering replaceable back covers which can give you extra battery or even more speakers. The latter can add up to six speakers to your tablet, making it a very unique and one of a kind accessory for the ZenPad S 8.0.
The tablet also comes with the USB Type-C connector, which can be likened to Apple’s proprietary lightning port. This essentially means that you can insert the USB cable in either direction and it would still fit fine. This would negate the need for you to manually check for the opening and adjust the fitting.
The basic model of the ZenPad 8.0 comes with a 1280 x 800 resolution panel, 1 or 2GB of RAM, 8/16GB of internal storage (expandable), the basic Intel Atom X3 chipset, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, Android 5.0 Lollipop and the same 15.2 Wh battery underneath. Pricing and availability details are quite scarce for both tablets at the moment, but we expect ASUS to provide more information over the coming weeks.
It’s interesting that ASUS is targeting two different spectrums of the market with these new offerings and it will be interesting to see how the customers respond. What do you think?