Ever since it stepped into the smartphone market, ASUS has made quite a name for itself by selling feature rich phones that didn’t burn a hole in your pocket. However, smartphones is not the only market where Asus has been doing well. Tablets from Asus are no less and we will be reviewing one today, the Asus Zenpad 8. So let’s get to it.
In The Box:
- Asus Zenpad 8.0 Z380KL tablet
- USB Wall Adaptor
- USB Cable
- User manual
We also got ASUS Zenpad 8.0 Audio Cover which we have used while reviewing this tablet.
Design & Build
We all are well aware that the 2013 Nexus 7 tablet was made by Google and we all know how that turned out. The Nexus 7 is one of the best looking tablets till date and the Zenpad 8 is no different.
The sleek tablet features a back panel which is removable and can be replaced with panels of different color to give your tablet a better look. The front of the tablet is metal while the back and the main frame is plastic.
You have the volume rockers and the power button on the right while the top houses the USB port and the audio jack. The back houses an 8 MP camera whereas on the front you have a 2 MP snapper. The tablet measures 8.5 mm on the thickness scale and tips the scales at 350 grams, pretty decent for a tablet.
The Zenpad 8 features an IPS panel with a resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels which churns out a pixel density of 189 ppi which is below average but then that’s what you get for a budget tablet. The screen however is not as bad it seems.
It has got Tru2Life technology which results in sharp and crisp images on the screen. The viewing angles are decent but the outdoor visibility is definitely above average at full brightness. You can operate the tablet at full brightness in bright sunlight. However, the display lacks details and the need for a full HD screen is felt.
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8929 Octa-Core, 64bit @ 1.21GHz
RAM: 2 GB
Camera: 8 MP rear, 2 MP front
Internal Storage: 16 GB + microSD card
OS: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop
Battery: 15.2 Wh Li-PO
Display: 8” WXGA ( 1280 X 800) IPS
We didn’t expect the tablet to be a beast in terms of performance and quite frankly, we were not surprised. The tablet performs decently by any standards and does justice to the innards. However the ZenUI can take some getting used to if you’ve not used it before.
If you have used it before, you’ll know that is full of bloat ware that you can’t delete. If you ignore the bloat ware, the tablet performs quite well. We tried out Asphalt 8 and a couple of other games and at no point did the tablet hang or lagged. The tablet did heat up quite a bit but nothing that made holding the tablet uncomfortable.
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