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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 II With Hexa-Core Qualcomm Processor Shows Up

If you felt that Asus was awfully quiet on the tablet computer front during CES last week, then fear not, since what looks like a real goodie has turned up benchmarked at GFXbench today.

And I have to say that this new 2016 Asus tablet looks promising on every front, and here is why. It has been benchmarked with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it has a 7.9-inch screen (might still be marketed as an 8-inch tablet though) with 2048 x 1536 resolution, and a hexa-core (6-core) 1.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor (Qualcomm (Cortex A53 – ARMv8) + Qualcomm (Cortex A72 – ARMv8)) with the Qualcomm Adreno 510 GPU.

And all of this is significant, because this implies that this is some kind of Asus ZenPad S 8.0 2 tablet for 2016.
Two version of the first generation model have been launched already, with the 2GB RAM Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580C) model, and the 4GB RAM Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA) model.

When these two tablets launched 5 months ago, they were the cheapest retina tablets with Android on the market by a wide margin. Both of the tablets had upper Intel Atom processor, but for 2016, Asus is changing the recipe, and has chosen the hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor instead, unless this is just for a 4G LTE version, since this processor has built in LTE Category 7 modem.

Other specifications for this tablet that is currently only codenamed Asus P008, includes 2GB RAM and 16GB storage (though listed as 1.8GB and 9GB respectively), a 7MP rear camera, and a 1.8MP front camera, in addition to accelerometer, compass, GPS, lightsensor, pedometer, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi being on the specs list as well.

The latter specs are to be taken lightly though, since the tablet could very well end up with a different sheet of specs when it launches.

And considering that this Asus ZenPad S 8.0 2 have been benchmarked just now, we should expect to see an unveiling of this tablet within January or February.

Asus Zenpad S 8.0 2 2016
Asus Zenpad S 8.0 2
Asus Zenpad S 8 II
Asus Zenpad S 8 II

– Tom Bowen