Fifth Review: Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (“Plus/Pro” Model)

Asus ZenPad S 8.0 review

An unsurprising conclusion from The Verge:

If Apple isn’t your flavor and $300 is your absolute ceiling for spending, the ZenPad S 8 is likely the best you can do. But the tablet market is stalling hard for a reason, and if you’re looking for one compelling reason why you need this in your life, well, it probably doesn’t exist.

I’m not sure People of the Verge ever step foot in real-life stores.

If they did, they’d see the absolute shit tablets places like Best Buy have on their shelves. All of those garbage Trio tablets, for one.

The Asus tablets are amazing quality at low prices for the Android tablet market. Do they have too much bloatware? Hell yeah. So do many frikkin notebooks people would buy. And PCs (does anyone buy those anymore?).

But not even the damn iPad offers 4GBs of RAM — and for just US$299!

And given that his “review” doesn’t even bother with benchmarks, it’s clear the person assigned the task went at it less than full interest — or really any interest at all. The optional stylus isn’t even mentioned.

I have yet to encounter this “Pro/Plus” model in a store.

Previously here:

Fourth Review: Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (“Plus/Pro” Model)
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (“Plus/Pro” Model) Gets Third Review
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (“Plus/Pro” Model) Gets Second Review
First Review: Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (“Plus/Pro” Model)

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Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Announced

Sony unveils next-generation smartphone camera with Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, and the world’s first 4K smartphone Xperia Z5 Premium

Xperia Z5 Premium is designed from the ground up as a high-performance mobile device, also powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor. A high capacity 3430 mAh battery lasting for up to two days, with quick charge capability eliminates the need for regular charging.

Xperia Z5 Premium features a large 32GB internal memory, with the capability to take a 200GB external microSD card, which offers extra room for 4K videos and movies, and images too. Xperia Z5 Premium also features Sony’s innovative memory on display feature — the data transfer between processor and device is optimized so Xperia Z5’s display memory technology remembers the display of images seen on your smartphone and caches the image or video so that you don’t need to reload the full image each time you view it — preserving battery power in the process.

That and more with, as rumored, a 4K screen.

But it’s just a 5.5-inch screen!

Not six-inches.

If I wanted a damn teeny-weeny 5.5-inch screen, I’d just get an Asus ZenPhone 2.


And they better bring the damn Xperia C5 Ultra to the U.S.!

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Kalos 2 Super Tablet. Kalos Who?

Kalos 2 could be the fastest tablet ever as it sports an Exynos 7420

  • Samsung Exynos 7420 CPU
  • Unknown RAM
  • Unknown screen size at 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • 18 hours(!) of battery life
  • Type-C USB 3.1 port
  • 6.3mm thin

I haven’t heard of Kalos before now. Has anyone?

And if Kalos can do this, how long before it’s also from Teclast, Onda, CUBE, etc, but as an iPad Air clone?


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First Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7-inch) Review

The Galaxy Tab S2 is so thin and light that it almost seems like someone digitized a piece of paper. This is one gorgeous display, too. The Super AMOLED screen delivers richer colors and deeper blacks than the iPad Air 2. The tablet is especially compelling if you own both a Samsung phone and a Samsung TV, because of how well this tablet’s software integrates with those devices. But even if you don’t live in Samsung world, you’ll appreciate this slate’s multitasking performance when using features like multiwindow.

What keeps the Tab S2 from being an Editors’ Choice pick is its below-average battery life.

Of course, 7.5 hours isn’t bad, but other tablets with the same size display last 9 hours or longer on a charge.

No AnTuTu score, but other benchmarks were done.

It’s supposed to be in stores (read: Best Buy) this Thursday, September 3rd. I doubt I’ll be rushing to a store to get disappointed by their absence. I’ll wait.

Samsung got their new phones in Best Buy the day of their announcement. I don’t think they care that much about tablets.


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TV: Kung Fu, The Lessons, Two


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Xiaomi President Defends Redmi Note 2 Screen

Apparently some sort of whispering campaign on Weibo began last week in regards to the screen used in the new Redmi Note 2.

Xiaomi co-founder and President Lin Bin publicly addresses the issue, offering a rare peek behind the tech scenes in a Weibo


He should use his Magic Frying Pan to flatten the detractors. (That’s a very inside joke only those who have been following Xiaomi closely will be amused by.)

Previously here:

Redmi Note 2 AnTuTu Close To Onda V919 3G Core-M!
Xiaomi Announces Redmi Note 2 And MIUI 7

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Xiaomi Wastes Limited Hype Attention On MiPad Price Cut



The MiPad, over a year after its launch, is finally priced like its competition was back then.

Does anybody care?

What a waste of my attention.

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New Google Books First Page?


Just came across that.

I don’t know if it’s a new front page or one from the beginning of ScanOps.

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Fourth Review: Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (“Plus/Pro” Model)

This time in great detail at Anandtech.

It’s important to note that just because a device uses the USB Type-C connector does not mean that it supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Superspeed+) along with all the USB alternate modes for networking or display interfaces. With the ZenPad S Z580CA only supporting USB data, you cannot do video out or use any other USB alternate modes. Such features will have to wait for future SoCs and controllers with USB 3.1 and USB alt mode support.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

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Xiaomi MiPad Announcement Tomorrow

After a period of seeming nearly dead, the Xiaomi MiPad account sent out this Weibo:


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