ASUS is back with another entry for the tablet market, this time peeling the Verizon sticker off of its ZenPad Z8 that was released back last June. Just like before, the now renamed ZenPad 3 8.0 is targeted at the higher-end of the market, but with a couple of hardware changes. The tablet boasts a sleek looking design and a 2K display that is sure to look sharp in this 7.9-inch form factor.
Starting with the display, the ASUS ZenPad 3 8.0 features a 7.9-inch IPS LED display that boasts a stonking 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, resulting in 324 pixels per inch. This is backed up by the company’s Tru2Life+ software, which claims to add notable boosts to image contrast, sharpness and detail.
The tablet includes a decent processing package too. The main chip is a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, which packs in two high performance Cortex-A72 cores, four low power Cortex-A53s, and an Adreno 510 GPU. This is paired up with your choice of either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, an upgrade from the 2GB limit with the Z8, which also determines whether the tablet comes with 16GB or 32GB of internal memory. Either way, you’ll also have access to a microSD card slot for extra space, as well as 5GB of ASUS web-storage for life and 100GB Google Drive space free for two years.
ASUS has packed in some tempting extras with this tablet too. There’s a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers, DTS HD Premium Audio speakers, and a large 4,680mAh battery that boasts 11 hours of use time. The tablet also has an 8 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front facing camera, along with a SIM card slot if you want 3G or 4G data on the go. The ASUS ZenPad 3 8.0 also comes with the usual 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connections.
ASUS hasn’t officially announced prices for the ZenPad 3 8.0 yet, but we can’t imagine that it will be priced much differently than the ZenPad Z8. Prices for the Z8 start at just $149.99 when you sign up two a two-year contract with Verizon. Alternatively, you can pay $249.99 if you just want the tablet outright.
For a closer look at the tablet, why not check out our review of the ZenPad Z8.