ASUS has launched the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE in Malaysia. The device which bears the model number Z500KL has been priced at 1,799 ringgits, which amounts to approximately $405. The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE is currently available for purchase only in the Slate Grey color. The Taiwanese company had previously launched the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) that did not support cellular connectivity and came with the MediaTek MT8176 SoC under the hood and a smaller price tag. The new unit, as its name suggests, comes with support for a number of LTE bands, and also with the Z Stylus that the company says is capable of detecting 1024 different pressure levels. The tablet ships with mid-range hardware for the most part, but has a few interesting features thrown in, like a stereo audio system with dual five-magnet speakers.
Taking a look at some of the key hardware specs of the ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 LTE, the device features a 9.7-inch IPS display with a QXGA resolution (2048 x 1536) and a viewing angle of 178 degrees. The tablet is powered by the Snapdragon 650 system-on-chip which comes with an embedded Adreno 510 GPU and a 64-bit hexa-core CPU clocked at a maximum frequency of 1.8GHz. The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE also ships with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of built-in eMMC storage out of the box. Buyers will also get 100GB of Google Drive space for a period of two years. The ZenPad 3S 10 LTE is powered by an 7,800mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0 thanks to the presence of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 SoC.
On the imaging front, the device ships with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with ASUS' proprietary "PixelMaster" technology, while the front-facing shooter comes with a 5-megapixel sensor. Both cameras are capable of recording 1080p videos at 30fps. On the software side of things, the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, most likely with a ZenUI overlay. However, there's no official confirmation on whether the device will receive the Android Nougat update at any stage in the future. In terms of build quality, the device has a forged aluminum body and measures just 5.8mm in thickness. It is also a fairly lightweight tablet considering its size as it weighs only 490 grams.