Asus have announced four 7-inch Zenpad tablets at COMPUTEX 2015 in Taiwan. Two of them are the entry level Asus ZenPad C 7.0 tablets with 1024 x 600 resolution that we covered earlier, the other two are the Asus ZenPad 7.0 tablets with 1280 x 800 resolution, covered here:
Asus ZenPad 7.0 is a set of new 7-inch Android 5.0 tablets that are one notch above entry level.
The two models are the Wi-Fi only model (Z370C) and 2G/3G model (Z370CG). The Wi-Fi model is powered by a Intel Atom x3-C3200 processor, while the cellular tablet is powered by a Intel Atom x3-C3230 processor, while both models are powered the Mali-450 MP4 GPU.
Other than those differences, the remaining specs are identical. They both have the same fresh new ZenPad design which makes it look unique and stylish, but it also means a slimmer bezel on the sides of the tablet than what is customary. Which again means that the tablet takes less space while maintaining the the same screen size.
The 7-inch screen is a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display with 10 finger multi-touch support, fully laminated panels, and anti-fingerprint coating. Asus ZenPad 7.0 has a choice of either 1GB or 2GB of RAM, and a choice of 8GB or 16GB storage, with 128GB microSD card support, as well as the included 5GB of free Asus cloud storage (for the lifetime of the device).
Internet connectivity comes from 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, or the optional 2G/3G. It has GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, G-sensor, E-compass, light sensor, and hall sensor. Ports are a 3.5 mm audio combo jack and a micro-USB port.
The Wi-Fi model has a 0.3MP front camera, and a 5MP rear camera, while the cellular tablet has both that combination and an additional 5MP front camera and 8MP rear camera combination. Like all ZenPad’s this tablet have DTS HD Premium Sound, in this tablet from a single front speaker.
The battery life of the Asus ZenPad 7.0 is 8 hours, which is a little low. But it can be extended with a couple of hours with the optional ZenPad Power Case, which is one of the new tablet cases with built in battery.
The tablet has three color options of white, black, and aurora metallic. It’s 8.7 mm thick and weighs 272 grams.
Asus will announce the price and availability later, but tablets at this level tend to launch for around $129 – $149. The tablet that the ZenPad replaces, the Asus MeMO Pad (ME176) can be had from $119 and upwards, depending on the color option.
– Tom Bowen