Asus US took to the first day of August to finally unveil the new 8-inch Android 6.0 tablet Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) on Youtube this morning, with this tablet being the successor to the popular Asus ZenPad S 8.0.
Asus have also unveiled the new Windows 10 2-in-1 Asus Transformer Book T101 as well.
The Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) is the 4G LTE model, but there might be a Wi-Fi only version coming too. Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) however is a 7.9-inch Android 6.0 tablet with 2048 x 1536 resolution, a 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor and Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU, options of 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and 16GB or 32GB storage options with 128GB microSD card support.
What’s new with the Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 is basically the new processor, the Android 6.0 update, and a new design.
The specs are good, with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.1, a 2MP front camera and 8MP rear camera, and stereo speakers with DTS HD premium sound.
It also has a USB Type-C port, while the sensors are g-sensor, e-compass, ambient light sensor, hall sensor, proximity sensor, gyro sensor, GPS, AGPS, and GLONASS.
Asus says that the battery life is 11 hours from the 4680 mAh battery. The thickness is 7.57 mm, while the weight is 320 grams.
The predecessor has been a very popular 8-inch Android tablet because it was cheap for an Android tablet with 4GB of RAM and a retina display, but it had a few quality issues, and has since been overtaken in popularity by the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 2016 with octa-core processor and similar price.
Asus haven’t announced the actual launch date or price of their latest 8-inch tablet yet, but we’ll update once they do. As a 4G LTE tablet the price is higher than a Wi-Fi version, so most people will be awaiting the Wi-Fi version.
– Tom Bowen