Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (Plus, Pro): US$299

Thanks to ZenPad and Liliputing.

B&H listing:



Asus is out for blood.

That’s far more storage than the base model of iPad Mini — 64GBs vs 16GBs — for less money.


And I bet that’s far less than the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 will cost too.

I don’t see how this can be anything other than an upset in the market.

Samsung wants to position itself against Apple, as a quality alternative.

Meanwhile, Asus swoops in offering far more than Samsung for less, with the base model of ZenPad undercutting Samsung’s Tab A 8.0 by US$30 with more RAM, more internal storage, more CPU speed, and more pixels — a Retina-class screen.

With its 33,000-range AnTuTu score, the base model of ZenPad wipes out all iPad Mini clones from China and is the first global brand 4:3-ratio Android tablet to offer a serious alternative to the iPad Mini based both on its specs and its incredible price.

And the higher-end model will offer an incredible four gigabytes of RAM and sixty-four gigabytes of internal storage, making it the tablet equivalent of the higher-end Zenfone 2. I expect an AnTuTu score in the 40,000 to maybe even 45,000-range. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one and test the hell out of it.

After showing leadership with netbooks, Asus seemed to have lost its way afterwards.

Now with the Zenfone 2 and ZenPad S, it seems whatever torpor they’d been suffering has finally been dispelled and they’re back in the game to win.

Those who have been waiting for a specific kind of tablet to buy — iPad Mini clone — finally have real tablets to consider.

Previously here:

Asus Violates Rule One: Don’t Confuse The Market!
Two Videos: Asus ZenPad S 8.0
Asus ZenPad S 8.0: First AnTuTu Score
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Listed At Best Buy
Asus ZenPad S 8.0: Too Many Versions!
Asus ZenPad S 8.0: Nokia N1 Killer
Photos Of Asus ZenPad S 8.0
Asus iPad Mini Clone In Renders
Asus To Release iPad Mini Clone


Filed under iPad Mini Clones

8 responses to “Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (Plus, Pro): US$299

  1. Robert Jasiek

    Another tablet where I wonder about Windows 10.

  2. Just Another Random Person.

    Have been waiting for this type of tablet for 3 years. This is the first android 4:3 tablet that actually includes just about all the features (except for LTE ) and without crap battery life rating. Even the HP tablet limited microsd to 32gb, which you can’t even find info on that tablet on their own website. The only other tab I would consider would be the surface 3 and that is way too expensive once LTE version comes out which I bet would come to over $900 for the whole package.

    • I am reviewing my Google Books PDF posts to see if another tablet might give some clues as to how the Asus ZenPad Plus/Pro might perform. So far, all I’m getting is … it depends.

  3. E.T.

    Xiaomi’s miPad is competitive on both price and performance but is only availability by ordering from Chinese resellers.

  4. E.T.

    See also “The Z Stylus is also still here to those of you who were looking forward to it.”

    • I saw that last night. They are confused. There were always two base models. B&H emailed me to say the “Plus/Pro” one is now available for pre-order but not yet in stock.

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