If you’re anything like me, I am a big sucker for smaller portable tablets. My daily driver, the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, which I much prefer than bigger and bulkier 10 inch tablets. Now, Asus has unveiled another affordable Portable Tablet. The Asus ZenPad S 8.0, which is an ultra thin 8.0 inch tablet that offers great features at a compact size.
Not a beast, in terms of Performance
The Tablet isn’t going to blow any benchmarks as it comes with an older Intel Atom Z3580 Chipset underneath, meaning performance is more closely related to the Asus Zenfone 2. The tablet will also offer up to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage to boot. The tablet will also come with Asus Zen UI OS, based on Android Lollipop. Gaming Performance will probably will be enough for light to moderate games, especially with the Retina Display. More 3D intensive games like Modern Combat 5 and Asphalt 8 may experience performance irregularities and slowdowns on some occasions.
A choice in Design
The ZenPad S 8.0 will probably not win in terms of looks, well for me, it looks uninspired and not really what I’m expecting for a tablet in 2016. However, build quality is certainly what it’s bragging for, sporting an all metal finish with good ergonomics and aesthetics. Asus also provided Dual Stereo speakers are at the front and the tablet already supports USB Type C connectivity, meaning there is also support for Fast Charging.
Retina Display with a touch of Asus TruLife+
The tablet similar to the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, sports a gorgeous 2K Retina Display, but it also comes with some aesthetic touches from Asus very own built-in customization feature. You can adjust the depth, temperature of the color, and contrast levels making it more ideal to the environment you are in.
Asus Z Stylus support
The tablet is said to feature Asus Z Stylus, which supports up to 1024 pressure sensitivity, similar to what you get with a Wacom Stylus.
Zen UI and Asus Bloatwares
It’s not uncommon to see bloatwares especially from Asus. Zen UI does have multiple customization options that you will probably not need other third party Apps to adjust the UI to your liking. However, it depends on preference also, I like simplicity and sometimes too much bloatwares can be a hassle.
Multimedia options and connectivity
The tablet is built for multimedia and it excels, the speakers have good audio quality and frankly offers a great experience especially when watching movies. It isn’t much a great Gaming Tablet, but for everything else, this tablet will suffice. Connectivity is well features, with support for Dual Band WiFi. The camera is just average, and will offer you great shots at absolute good lighting. There is nothing really spectacular about it.
Good Battery Life
I have to agree that the 4000mAh battery of the ZenPad S 8.0 might be frugal compared to the 6000mAh of the Mi Pad 2. But endurance is fairly good, you will get around 4 to 5 hours of continuous use with WiFi connectivity. Gaming will get you close to 2 hours or less depending on the screen brightness.
Video Reference: You can also check out Android Authorities review of the Tablet below (credits to them)
Note: Compare this tablet to other similar tablets here: Tablet Guide
Highlights of the Asus ZenPad S 8.0:
Ultra thin 8.0 inch tablet, at just 6.6 mm thick
Retina 2K Display with Asus Splendid Technology
Equipped with Intel Atom Z3580 Chipset
Comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB eMMC Storage out of box