ASUS announces ZenPad tablets with AndroidLollipop and Intel circuitry ASUS brought in a big bag of gadgets to presentat Computex 2015 in Taipei, and the latest composites of circuitry, metal, glass, andblack magic to emerge from it are named the ZenPad 8 & ZenPad S 8.
As made apparent bytheir names, it is a duo of tablets that we're talking about, and the slates are made specialby the fact that they are the first to carry the Zen brand.
Oh, and they also have someinteresting Intel hardware inside! The ZenPad 8 Z380, which is the cheaper ofthe two, is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom x3-C3230RK Silvermont chipset clocked to 1.
The chip is actually designed by Chinese silicon slinger Rockchip using licensed Intel architecture,and is built by TSMC on a 28nm process.
That makes it a collaboration between three companies,which is kind of a rare treat.
Still, the chip is situated at the entry-level performancesegment, and the integrated ARM Mali 450MP4 GPU won't give it much of a processing jumpbeyond that barrier.
Offbeat SoC and a gig or two of RAM aside,the Z380 brings along an 8-inch 11280×800 resolution IPS LCD display, and up to 16GBof expandable flash storage.
There's a pair of 2MP and 5MP cameras handling photos andvideos.
The tablet sizes up at 8.
22 x 4.
84 x 0.
33in (209 x 123 x 8.
5mm) and ships withAndroid 5.
0 Lollipop, fashioned with ASUS Zen UI.
The ZenPad S 8 Z580CA is a beefier tabletthat packs a quad-core Moorefield Z3580 2.
3 GHz processing punch, along with a PowerVRG6430 GPU and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
It too has an 8-inch LCD display, but at a much higher2048x1536 resolution.
Weighing in at 10.
5oz (299g), the tab measures a slimmer 8 x 5.
2 x 134.
5 x 6.
It too has a pair of cameras, 5MP on the front and8MP on the back, with the operating system also being Android 5.
A distinct difference, however, is the availabilityof LTE connection with phone functionality in the cheaper Z380, while the more powerfulmodel is a Wi-Fi only device.
The Z580CA also features the new USB Type C port, while itslittle brother employs a standard microUSB connector.
USB-C could let users connect thetablet to an external display, or use it to charge another device.
To complement the tablet launches, ASUS unveileda special audio cover for the Z380 that enables 5.
1 surround sound facilitated by the tablet'sbuilt-in DTS codec.
There's also a power case, protective cases, and a 1024 pressure levelstylus that works on both ZenPad tablets.
ASUS hasn't spoken of the slates' productavailability, but given the ZenFone 2's aggressive pricing scheme, we won't be surprised if thelow-end tablet eventually arrives at a sub-$200 price point, while its amped-up sibling commandsa $100 or so premium.