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The latest addition to the ZenPad series is the Asus ZenPad 3 8.0. If you are in the market for a new tablet, it would be wise to consider the ZenPad 3 8.0. This minimalistic but slim device is one of the best lightweight tablets that will cover you for most of your media consumption and productivity needs. With a strong battery life and a powerful processor behind it, the ZenPad 3 8.0 is a serious competitor to be reckoned with.

Design

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The Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 is a very minimalistic device. It isn’t eye-catching at all, unlike the ZenFone 3 or the ZenBook 3. The glossy screen on the front is built to be scratch-resistant and the rear of the ZenPad 3 8.0 appears to be made of faux leather, which I loved since it doesn’t slip easily when you place it on a smooth surface.

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Built with a dimension of 136.4 x 205.4 x 7.57 mm, the ZenPad 3 8.0 is slightly more squarish rather than rectangular-ish. It’s really thin at 7.57mm, making it as thin as most smartphones (the iPhone 7 is 7.1mm thick). Carrying it single-handedly with 2-fingers is effortless, but obviously, don’t try to navigate it with one hand. It’s portability at 320g is also astonishingly light, which made using it a real joy. For someone who’s armed with the lightest phones and ultrabooks, I place a huge emphasis on the portability factor and the ZenPad 3 8.0 hit a gold star here in my books.

Hardware

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The 7.9″ screen is lit up with LED technology and has a resolution higher than full-HD. Alongside the Splendid app that adjust the colours for the ZenPad 3 8.0, the ZenPad 3 8.0 has a crystal clear display that’s nice to watch your favourite Netflix shows on.

It’s also armed with a microSIM slot and a microSD card slot so it’s possible to use it with a SIM card for data on the go.

The processor and RAM on the ZenPad 3 8.0 is also fairly good. It has a Snapdragon 650 processor and a 4GB RAM, which should be plenty for multitasking and launching even fairly intensive applications. It won’t be a Snapdragon 820 flagship level experience, but lags shouldn’t appear too often. AnTuTu benchmark tests confirm this, giving it a rating of 71,806, which is what you would expect from a midrange smartphone and it’s already pretty awesome for an Android tablet.

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There is also a 4.850mAh battery on-board which essentially means you don’t have to worry about running out of juice during the day since it will last you at least a day or two. If you don’t use a mobile SIM card with it, then it probably even has enough juice for 3 days or more.

There have been complaints that the ZenUI software is full of bloatware and it is true, causing the device to slow down more than it should, but its 4GB RAM should be enough to handle these issues anyway, so fret not. If you dislike the ZenUI’s launcher, just switch over the Google Now’s launcher then!

Camera

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The ZenPad 3 8.0 has a rear 8.0MP camera, which is actually quite decent for a tablet. The shots with the camera are nowhere close to a midrange smartphone’s camera, but it does shoot decent photos. In low-light conditions, the camera pales as colour replication gets a little faded, but I don’t see a tablet being used as a camera, so this isn’t an issue. The front camera isn’t really good, but if you intend to use it for just video calls, it should sufficient.

Verdict

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The Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 is sleek, portable and highly-capable. It sports a powerful processor and a long-lasting battery life. For an all-purpose Android tablet, look no further.


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A Dentist-To-Be Dabbling in Tech Journalism:

Zayne is a writer who reports for VR-Zone, Stuff Singapore and The New Paper on all things tech-related. Follow this geek on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

 

Zayne Seah
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