Asus launches flagship ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA Android tablet for $299

The folks at Asus look to get past cheap Android tablet syndrome with the premium flagship ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA.

Cheap Android tablets are everywhere, and premium tablets can cost hundreds of dollars. Asus looks to turn this around with the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA for $299. The new tablet features a configuration normally found with more expensive slates.

The new ZenPad has a 7.9-inch (1536 x 2048) IPS display with wide viewing angles and 4GB of memory to drive those high-resolution graphics. This is aided by Asus' True2Life+ technology to maximize sharpness and contrast on the display. It is further aided by the use of a two-layer display that yields a more vivid image according to the company.

Hardware specs:

  • CPU: Intel Atom Z3580, 64-bit, quad-core
  • OS: Android 5.0
  • Display: 7.9-inch IPS, Corning Glass 3
  • Memory / storage: 4GB / 64GB; microSD slot (SDXC)
  • Ports: USB-C, audio
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • Battery: 15.2Wh, 8 hours
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches; 203.2 x 134.6 x 7.62mm
  • Weight: 10.5 oz; 297.67gm

In addition to the extra display and system memory, Asus has included a USB-C on board the ZenPad. This is used for charging and connecting peripherals.

There is a premium audio system in the ZenPad with DTS-HD technology. This delivers crisp 5.1-channel audio. To take better advantage of the audio, Asus includes an app that converts stereo audio into simulated 5.1-channel audio.

Powering the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is an Intel Atom 64-bit quad-core processor (Z3580). This makes having 4GB of RAM possible, unlike other solutions that cap out at 2GB.

There is an optional pen for the tablet enabling handwritten input in apps that support it. This offers 1,024 level of pressure sensitivity and costs $29.99. The pen will only be available from the Asus Store.

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The ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is available now from Amazon, B&H Photo & Video, Newegg, Tiger Direct and the ASUS Store for $299.

This is a product to watch as the premium construction and durable screen makes it good for both work and play. The price point should be affordable in bulk for the enterprise.


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