A first 9.7-inch Asus ZenPad 9.7 (Z500M) tablet leaked after FCC published its records yesterday, where four pages of it reveals a great deal of the specs of it. Asus have yet to announce this tablet. Its existence was first discovered in May after it had briefly passed a benchmark test revealing that it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a hexa-core (6-core) 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT8176V processor. This looks promising.
Asus ZenPad 9.7 (Z500M) with internal model name P027 got more specs revealed by the FCC documents from yesterday though. In addition to once again confirming the 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT8176V processor (FCC tested at 2.1 GHz), specifications like the 5MP front camera, the 8MP rear camera, the dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, the 4GB of RAM, or 64GB and 128GB storage options, and 5900 mAh battery capacity was also revealed, together with the confirmation of the 9.7-inch screen with a Tianma TM097QDSP display, probably with 2048 x 1536 resolution. This display will also have support for the Asus Z Stylus pen.
The most famous 9.7-inch tablet is of course the iPad. But since last year, Samsung came out with a few 9.7-inch Android tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 and the new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 of the same size, so now it’s time for Asus to enter the same playing field with an Android 6.0 tablet with 4GB of RAM. 4GB of RAM is already on offer in the 8-inch Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA).
From before there’s an abundance of 9.7-inch tablets from China already, many of them with both Android and Windows operating systems.
– Tom Bowen