The ZenPad line of Android tablets from ASUS is set to get an update with two new models featuring 8-inch and 10-inch displays. Both models will ship running Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed covered with ASUS’ brand new ZenUI skin which augments the standard Android interface with ASUS' own features. The ASUS ZenPad 8 (Z380M) and ASUS ZenPad 10 (Z300M) will be powered by a MediaTek MT8163 quad-core processor sporting a screen resolution of 1280x800, and will come with WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n support, GPS, microSD card readers for expandable storage, a 5MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera. Available colors for both will include dark gray, pearl white, and rose gold.
The ASUS ZenPad 8 is the entry-level tablet of the two. Weighing in at 12.3 ounces, it comes with a single front-facing speaker, a tested battery life of 8 hours, and will come in two storage size variants. There will be an 8GB version which will come with 1GB of RAM, as well as a 16GB version which comes with 2GB of RAM. The slightly bigger and more stylish ASUS ZenPad 10 comes in at 1.1 pounds, has a reported 11 hours of battery life, a 10.1-inch screen, and two front-facing speakers for proper stereo sound. Just like the 8-inch version, the 10-inch tablet will also have two different storage size options, 16GB, and 32GB, for you to choose from. However, unlike the 8-inch, both versions of the ASUS ZenPad 10 will have 2GB of RAM. The accessory featured with the 10-inch version includes a Bluetooth keyboard called the ASUS Mobile Dock which provides a comfortable typing experience and helps enhance productivity with the ASUS ZenPad 10. There are no details yet on whether the ASUS Mobile Dock will be included or sold separately.
ASUS is no stranger when it comes to Android tablets. The Taiwanese company has several lines of Android-powered tablets such as the MeMO Pad and Transformer Pad. ASUS was also the official manufacturer of Google’s Nexus 7. Starting price for the 10-inch tablet will be $223 while the 8-inch model comes in at $178 approximately. In case storage is a problem, both models will come with 5GB of ASUS WebStorage and 100GB of Google Drive Space for 2 years. ASUS has yet to announce a release date.