Specs summary

Screen
8"

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0's screen is 8 inches with 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3GHz

There is a Intel Atom Z3580 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
15WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 15 WHr battery. Asus's performance ratings are 7 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



ASUS once again has partnered with Intel to make something to make you question why we're spending so much money on high end hardware.

- Russell Holly , Android Central 

Reviews summary

7.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 10 reviews

What's good  

  • Sharp display with excellent viewing angles and vibrant colors
  • Generally smooth performance during basic tasks
  • Chic design
  • Lightweight

What's bad  

  • Some creaks and give on case
  • Middling battery life
  • Dim display

Asus isn't necessarily a household name when it comes to tablets despite the role they played with the original Nexus 7. The company hopes to change this with the release of the ZenPad S 8.0. For the price, experts were impressed with the overall style of the tablet. It is light at 298 grams and quite compact measuring 8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches. The majority of the back is composed of plastic with a smooth brushed metal finish, but a strip on the bottom of the tablet sports a faux-leather texture. This provided experts with both a premium looking device and excellent grip. While it might look premium, experts discovered build quality was far from it. They noticed some creaks and give on the casing.

The most noticeable aspect of the ZenPad S 8.0 is, of course, the display. At 7.9 inches and a resolution of 2048 x 1536, it provides a very high pixel density of 324 ppi. Combined with IPS LCD technology and zero air gap between the glass and screen, experts describe it as beautiful and sharp with excellent viewing angles. They were also impressed with the overall color range though it tended to skew towards the cooler side. The biggest let down for critics was its overall brightness. Not only was it difficult to read outdoors, they also had to manually adjust the setting as auto-brightness tended to be too low in every situation.

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The ZenPad S 8.0 rocks a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. For the most part, experts had no problems when performing basic tasks like reading email, browsing the web or even playing a casual game. They only ran into a few hiccups when playing more graphic-intensive games or doing some heavy multi-tasking. With that said, they found it fast enough for daily use. It also comes with up to 64GB of internal storage, though they found much of this was taken up with unnecessary Asus software. Luckily, many of these apps are removable and Asus does include a microSD slot for additional storage. They were left unimpressed with the battery life as they barely eked out a full day's worth of use even with moderate use. Tablet PC Review adds, "…those expecting to use this device heavily for long periods should never be far from a charger."

While the 8MP main shooter of the ZenPad S 8.0 can't compete with the one on the iPhone 6S, experts were happy to report it held its own against other tablets. They were able to capture bright, sharp and vibrant pictures in good lighting situations. Unsurprisingly, their low light images were often grainy and noisy due to the smaller lens. The front 5MP camera was not as good as they noticed oversaturation of some colors and green/blue tinges on white backgrounds. Still, they found it good enough for video calls.

For the most part, reviewers believe the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is a good deal. Android Authority states, "This tablet manages to exceed all expectations…[it] is definitely worth picking up." Android Police adds, "It's a very good tablet, and dangerously close to being great." Other experts are not quite as optimistic with their verdict. The Verge notes, "…if you're looking for one compelling reason you need this in your life, well, it probably doesn't exist. And that's pretty disappointing…"


Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)


TechRadar

A potent mix of high-res screen and speedy performance

from TechRadar

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is an attractive alternative to better-known models from Samsung and Apple, and packs in an impressive array of bells and whistles which you might expect to find on a more expensive tablet.

It's not as blisteringly fast as the Google Nexus 9, but Intel's quad-core 64-bit processor is snappy enough to avoid any of the lag or slow-down that spoils the user experience with other cheap tablets.

When you consider that the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is cheaper than Google's own slate, and half the price of Amazon's or Apple's closest rival, it really does stand... Full review

TrustedReviews

One of the best affordable tablets around, but it’s not perfect

from TrustedReviews
The ZenPad S 8.0 targets a currently underserved segment of the tablet market. There are currently woefully few decent affordable tablets available. The ZenPad S 8.0 is far from perfect, with its custom ZenUI skin and out of date Android Lollipop operating system hamper its overall appeal.But even with these flaws it is still great value for money and one of, if not the, best affordable tablets on the market. For those on a budget the ZenPad S 8.0 is a great choice that offers solid build quality, a super crisp display and reasonable performance.  .. Full review
Pocket-lint

An affordable tablet not to be overlooked

from Pocket-lint

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is special because it crams a good, super-sharp screen into a very slim and handy body for a great price. Samsung's best at this level is the Samsung Tab 4 8.0, which isn't nearly as good by comparison.

The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 piddles all over the hardware some rivals are bringing out at the price. Yes, you need to spend 10 minutes fiddling with the software to get the most out of it, and yes, the speakers are naff. But if £170 is as high as the budget will stretch and you have the patience for some little software tweaks, the ZenPad S 8.0 is a tablet th... Full review

Mobile Choice

Expensive wine; mid-range price

from Mobile Choice
Asus have shown us that consumers shouldnt have to choose between form and function when on the lookout for a mid-range device. Not only does the tablet look great but the dual front facing speakers, 2k display, expandable memory and good battery life all make it a great device to own. Yes there is bloatware and you will have to switch off the blur-free video option for the beauty of the display to really shine through but at the end of the day, for under £200 you get a really neat device and that is pretty cool... Full review
Tablet News

Elegant and slim tablet, with lots of bloatware

from Tablet News
This device is good for gaming and video consumption, plus work if you have a keyboard and stylus for it. Too bad for the screen and bloatware, plus the plastic edges... Full review
PhoneArena

Weak battery life, subpar camera performance, and lack of advanced multi-tasking features

from PhoneArena
How much would you pay for a tablet that comes with an 8-inch 2K display, new USB Type-C connector, 8MP/5MP camera combo, svelte/elegant design, 64-bit Intel Atom processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage with microSD expansion? How about $299 for the entire package? That’s not too shabby when you think about it, so it’ll definitely appeal to those who are cost-conscious... Full review
Alphr

A taste of the high-end for less

from Alphr

The Asus is far from a perfect package. The sheer amount of bloatware is ridiculous – given the choice, stock Android would make a far better choice. The display’s dynamic contrast is incredibly annoying, ruining what otherwise would be a very capable screen. And right now, charging via USB Type-C is more of a hassle than a benefit. Until everyone has a clutch of these new cables lying around, it’s a mildly frustrating novelty.

The ZenPad S 8.0’s biggest problem, however, is the thing Asus can do least about: the strength of the competition. For instance, you... Full review

Laptop Magazine

Provides a sharp 2K display and helpful software

from Laptop Magazine
The Asus ZenPad S 8 0 offers a vibrant screen, sleek design and more than capable performance for $100 to $200 less than other premium 8-inch tablets.The $199 configuration, while not as powerful as the configuration we reviewed, is a particularly good value. ZenUI also offers some nice shortcuts and a good Kids Mode app for safely sharing the slate with children. We just wish the ZenPad S lasted longer on a charge and wasn't so laden with bloatware. .. Full review
Android Central

Fast, capable, and has some of the best speakers we've ever heard in a tablet

from Android Central

There's a lot to like with this tablet. It's fast, looks nice, sounds amazing, and USB-C is clearly the way of the future. The software mess that is ZenUI is unfortunate, and the weirdly aggressive thermal regulation is a problem. While neither is a deal breaker on their own, combined it's clear this is not a tablet for power users or heavy gamers.

One of the most important features to this particular tablet is the price tag. At $299 for the 64GB model, it's hard to look at the majority of current generation of Android tablets — especially Google's Nexus 9 — and see... Full review

Android Authority

An impressive high-end tablet, at an affordable price

from Android Authority

This tablet offers everything you’d expect from a high-end device in 2015, with its Quad HD resolution display, 4 GB of RAM, and front-facing dual stereo speakers. Additions like the extremely customizable UI make the experience even better, and the device doesn’t need any help from a third-party applications to create a great tablet experience. Thankfully, the only flaws in the ZenPad S 8.0 are software related and can likely be fixed at some point down the road. This tablet manages exceeds all expectations, and with a price point of just $299, is definitely worth picking up.Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 10, 2015
Regions available USA, North America
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Secondary OS No
Processor Intel Atom Z3580 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB or 64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Body: 1.14 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 15 WHr
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 8 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 7 hours
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.3 x 13.4 x 0.7 cm
(8 x 5.3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 298 grams
(10.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels
Pixel Density 320 pixels
Size 8 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Face detection, ISO, Self-timer, White balance, Exposure value, Burst shot
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Asus Z580CA

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