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Asus Ups Its Tablet Game With The ZenPad 3 8.0

The Asus ZenPad Z8, that was released in June for US carrier Verizon, has got its carrier-unlocked version now. Named the ZenPad 3 8.0, Asus has carved a piece of magic as it is a 7.9-inch Android tablet with a 2K display.

Even though
tablet sales has been dismal this year
, Asus is really looking to make a dent in the market with the ZenPad 3 8.0. It is basically a smaller version of the ZenPad 3S 10.

The ZenPad 3 8.0 is packed with some high-end specs. First the stunning the 2K IPS display, that works wonders with the color reproduction and the level of detail. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, which is a hexa-core chipset, clocked at 1.8GHz, and coupled with an Adreno 510 GPU. Now, if you remember the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Mi Max, it is basically running the same processor, so can imagine great performance.

The tablet earlier came out with 2GB of RAM, but with the ZenPad 3 8.0, Asus has announced that it’ll bring a 4GB RAM version as well. The 4GB RAM variant will come with 32GB of on-board storage, and the 2GB RAM model with 16GB of storage. The storage can be expanded further up to 128GB via a microSD card.

Asus is also offering 5GB of Asus Web Storage and 100GB of Google Drive Storage.

Coming to the camera, the ZenPad 3 8.0 comes with a 8-megapixel rear snapper and 5-megapixel front-facing one. But then again, it’s a tablet. What use will a camera have in a tablet anyway?

Asus has also embraced the future with this tablet, by giving an USB-Type C port. The 3.5mm headphone jack is still there, however.

Besides, the tablet supports 4G/LTE network and comes with usual Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, Stereo speakers, Gyroscope and an e-compass sensor.

The Tablet measures 7.57mm in thickness and weighs just around 320 grams.

The ZenPad 3 8.0 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with its proprietary ZenUI 3.0 on top.

The pricing details of the tablet are not available, yet. The Verizon-locked variant costs $250, approximately Rs. 16,700. It remains to be seen where Asus positions this tablet in the Indian market. But the way they launch products in India, the chances of that happening seem quite high.

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