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  • Display : 8 inches, IPS LCD
  • Max OS : Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Storage : 16 GB
  • RAM : 2 GB
  • Body Material : Rubber, Leather
  • Cameras : Rear: 8 MP, Front: 5 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 8, 5.3, 0.26 in.
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi

When we think of tablets, we think Samsung, Apple, Lenovo and what not, but not Asus. Why not?
Asus designed one of the best tech-per-pound tablets ever– the Nexus 7 back in 2013! Widely regarded as the device that is true-Nexus, and a testament to how slipstream brands are truly worthy competitors, the Nexus 7 is perhaps Asus’ greatest product.

Asus is now looking to make waves in the 8-inch tablet market. With the ZenPad S 8.0, Asus is trying to capture the attention of the people, for all the right reasons. Often, its not enough for products to sell. The brand needs the prestige too.

Released in August 2015, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 features an 8-inch 2K (1536x2048p) IPS LCD display with a decent pixel density of 320 ppi. Sharpness is excellent, text and games look particularly sharp, making the whole experience feel that bit higher-end than what you normally get at the price.
Although the colour quality isn’t as good as it’s competition, there’s a tool called Asus Splendid that allows you alter the saturation and white balance, plus there’s a Bluelight filter mode designed to reduce eyestrain. Top class, Asus!

This tablet comes packed with a snazzed-up version of Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop and is called ZenUI. There are a plethora of pre-installed apps, so much so that ZenUI actually uses a dynamic folder system that automatically files away all your apps into smart folders. You can switch off these folders though, but I’d advise you against it. Because if you do that, your entire screen will be filled with apps that you don’t even know existed, trust me.

On this one, Asus needs to realise that more and more customers (avid and newbies) clearly prefer bloatware-free devices.
What’s even more curious is that Asus has perhaps the widest selection of self-branded apps in the Play Store (no other manufacturer comes close – perhaps not even Samsung). So when its’ already got a great presence there, and most Asus customers appreciate those apps & their utility for a wide range of needs, why Asus insists on pre-loading apps and shoving them down devices’ processors’ throats, I can’t really fathom.

The ZenPad S rides on a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 chipset backed by a PowerVR G6430 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. This is the same configuration that powers the Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe, Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) and Asus Zenfone 2 (ZE550ML) smartphones.

Games such as Blackout, Mortal Kombat and Dead Trigger 2 all run extremely well and look great on the high-res display. This tablet feels reasonably nippy, as a 2 GB RAM tablet running on Android 5.0 should, really.
App transitions are smooth and there’s no visible lag/stutter in most day-to-day applications and tasks.

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0’s cameras are fine (an 8-megapixel one on the back and a 5-megapixel one on the front), but again nothing you’ll want to use when you have a better option to hand. Images tend to be pretty noisy with anything less than good light.
The fixed-focus selfie camera is not the best out there, but it does have plenty of modes and a neat shutter mechanism that lets you drag away from the shutter button to instantly set a timed delay.
So, the camera quality isn’t amazing, but the camera app does nail the fun potential of both the front and back cameras. The rear camera even adds depth of field and miniature modes!
The selfie camera also has dedicated modes for insta-animated GIFs, slo-mo video, selfie panoramas and time-lapse.

This device is available in 2 colours – Black and White, and comes with a USB-type C port for charging purposes.

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