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Intel-powered ASUS ZenPad 7 and 8 Leak Out Ahead of Launch

May 14, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

ASUS’ ZenFone line of devices are making waves right now throughout the mid-range sector of the market thanks to the ZenFone 2. Offering some of the best value for money while making good use of Intel’s latest chips, it’s no wonder ASUS looks to use the same approach when it comes to tablets. It appears that ASUS is to use the “Zen” moniker in their new tablets, with the ZenPad 7 and ZenPad 8 having broken cover ahead of a rumored launch during Computex 2015.

Notebook Italia have been doing some digging and it appears that the two devices are closer to a launch than we originally thought, with the ZenPad 7 having appeared online at some stores with prices of €139 for the Z170C and €150 for the Z170CG model. The distinction between the two appears to be either 3G or no 3G connectivity. These do appear to be budget-minded tablets, despite being fueled by Intel’s new Atom x3 line of processors. The 7-inch ZenPad 7 has a resolution of just 1024 x 600, 1GB of RAM with 8GB of expandable storage and a rear-facing 2-megapixel camera, with a front-facing shooter of 1.3-megapixels.

The ZenPad 8 seems to be much more substantial, having just passed through the FCC we now know that its 8-inch display has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 suggesting a 4:3 aspect ratio like the Nexus 9. Not much is known about the ZenPad 8 besides the display resolution and a tentative model number of P01M. An Intel Atom Z3560, like that used in the ZenFone 2 is more likely for this ZenPad.

With Computex 2015 running from June 2nd to June 6th next month, we’re sure to hear something on ASUS’ new products, and with the ZenWatch 2 said to be in attendance as well, it could be an interesting show for ASUS fans. With the tablet market more crowded than ever at the lower-end, ASUS certainly have their work cut out for them with these new ZenPad tablets. Hopefully, we’ll know more about them soon.