There is now a plethora of tablets available in the market. Apple’s iPad models are mostly distinguishable, but Android tablets are mostly the ones that get us confused due to the multiple device lineup from every manufacturer. Despite that, quite a few ones still stand out and the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is one of them.
Design and Specifications
For an 8-inch tablet, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is undeniably small and compact. Big enough to enjoy the QXGA screen but small enough for you to hold on one hand (though it’s a struggle using it with one hand). At 6.6 mm, it’s thin and lightweight, plus the combined metallic and faux leather material at the back give it a more elegant look.
Buttons are minimal, with only the power button and volume rockers located on the right side. A 3.5 mm audio jack is located on top along with a microSD card port and a USB Type C connector at the bottom. The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 includes two front-facing stereo speakers. An 8-megapixel camera is located at the back while a 5-megapixel camera is located at the front.
Inside, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is powered by an Intel Atom Z3580 64-bit, quad-core processor along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth but no NFC. The 8-inch screen comes with a 1536 x 2048 pixel screen resolution that matches the one found on the iPad mini with Retina Display.
The tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Asus’ own customized launcher preinstalled. Asus’ own software customizations allow you to theme the tablet to your liking, even offering a bunch of options to make it truly personal. The problem though is that Asus has preloaded the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 with so much bloatware you’d be annoyed why it came bundled there in the first place. Thankfully, most of these apps can be uninstalled, but I’d prefer Asus suggesting you to download them rather than making it preinstalled on the device.
Additionally, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is compatible with the Asus Z Stylus that uses a 1.2 mm tip that ensures accurate input. It works with most of Asus’ own apps that lets you jot down notes on the tablet like a real notebook. The tablet’s palm rejection technology also helps eliminate unwanted presses when writing on the screen and makes sure that only the Z Stylus’ input will be recognized.
Just like any other Android tablet, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 can be installed with various apps that you can get from the Google Play Store. The quad-core Intel processor plus the 4 GB of RAM gets the job done evidently by the smooth transition between apps when I use the tablet.
Same goes for games, graphics are fairly great and gets the job done. Heat issues were non-existent and if we were to compare benchmarks, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 matches the same performance as a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Asus’ own Zenfone 2.
Camera shots are generally and passable for a tablet of this quality. I generally do not use tablets as a cameras and mostly utilize them for video conferencing and other similar tasks.
Battery life for the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 lasted for about 7 hours and 46 minutes, a few minutes shy of the promised 8-hour battery life. It uses the new USB Type-C connector that you can utilize for charging or data transfers.
The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 sells at $299 for this particular model, which is already cheaper than most mainstream tablets. For its performance and price, the Asus ZenPad S 8.0 stands out as one of the best Android tablets available. Highly recommended.