There was a time when tablets were in and phones were half the size they are now. But, slowly and steadily, the smartphone market has chewed into the tablet segment and made tablets more or less irrelevant or restricted to professional usage. Asus has made its effort at reviving this sagging market by launching its ZenPad 8.0 and ZenPad 7.0. These mid-range tabs are priced at Rs. 14,999 and 11,999 respectively.
We have had the Asus ZenPad 7.0 for review and here are our first impressions of the device. The ZenPad 8.0 offers some good specs for its price.
ASUS ZenPad 7 (Z370CG) specifications:
- 7-inch IPS HD Display (1280×800 pixels resolution)
- 1.2-GHz Intel Atom X3 processor
- Adreno 405 Graphics
- 2 GB RAM
- Android Lollipop 5.0.2 with ZenUI
- 5 MP rear camera; 0.3 MP front camera
- 16 GB inbuilt storage with MicroSD expandable option
- 13 Wh Li-Polymer Battery
The Asus ZenPad comes in a premium looking package. The ZenPad comes with a textured finish that makes it easy to hold and good to look at. The rounded edges and easy to use form factor is something that makes it a tablet with a good form factor, though not something different from any tablets out on the shelves.
The one thing we liked on this tab at the first go was the extremely thin bezel size. A tab is already limited by its size and its usability vis-a-vis say, a smartphone. Large bezels kind of detract a consumer from investing in a tab. The Asus ZenPad has steered clear of this and therefore, seems like a good device for reading and watching videos.
The 7-inch 1280x800p display should appeal to an average consumer with its good viewing angles, lack of smudginess and ample brightness is up to the job as a tablet. Asus has put in real efforts when it comes to the ZenPad. And this, is despite a low-pixel-density of 189ppi.
As far as the tablet UI is concerned, the Android Lollipop based Zen UI looks the same as it does on the ZenFones. Asus has consciously matched up its tablet UI with its smartphone UI. This includes a ‘Kids Mode’ (Since this tab is more likely to end up in the hands of children) and apps such as Kindle eBook Reader.
Under the hood, it has the Intel X3 processor along with 2 GB RAM. The Intel X3 seems a much better choice than the Snapdragon 615, which graces the ZenPad 8.0 model as we didn’t see any indications of overheating like we saw on the current range of Snapdragon processors.
There is also a 5-megapixel rear cam and 0.3-megapixel front cam on the Asus ZenPad 7.0, both of which do well, considering that it is a tablet.
Asus also offers a range of covers with this tablet apart from the regular back. You can choose from colored backs, a power cover with an extended battery which Asus claims can give you 16 hours of backup and an audio cover which we got with the ZenPad for review. It comes for Rs. 3,000 but unfortunately which did not impress us in our limited usage. The case also doubles up as a stand for the ZenPad and that bodes it well.
We shall be working with the ZenPad and give you the full showdown on it in our full review of the device.