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

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 review

It’s not until five paragraphs in that we’re sure this is the “Pro/Plus” model of the tablet, not the lower-end US$199 one. What I’m calling the “Pro/Plus” model has the USB-C port at bottom and a US$299 price.

Ugh:

A small amount of sharpening does appear to be going on throughout the display, which can make text appear a little fuzzy, which is especially noticeable in certain scenarios, like with black text on a colored background. As good as looking at still images on this high-resolution display is, viewing videos may lead to some disappointment. The software tries to smoothen the video out, similar to the Soap Opera effect available with some HDTVs, so if a movie you’re watching is intended to be shot at a cinematic 24 frames per second, the tablet will try to smoothen the video to make it look like it was shot at 60 frames per second, making it seem very strange looking.

Aside from that, however, this is the Nokia N1 tablet killer, as the AnTuTu score shows.

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Sample photos at the review are not impressive with, as mentioned in the text, overexposure. As they also say, this could probably be fixed with software.

With 64GBs of internal storage and 4GBs of RAM for US$299, this is, on paper, an impressive move by Asus.

I’ll reserve my own judgment until I can get to it in a store that has good WiFi so I can do my Google Books PDF tests on it. With that AnTuTu score, it should do better than the US$199 model. But with that Intel CPU, who can tell ahead of time? I hope, like my test of the earlier model, there will be a tablet nearby I can use to do a YouTube video.

Same-day update: There’s also a video, which they didn’t bother to embed.

Additional:

ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA with increased storage is now available
ASUS Announces the ZenPad S 8.0, Priced at $299
Asus launches the ZenPad S 8.0, $299 for a 2K screen and USB Type-C

Previously here:

Google Books PDF Test: Insignia Flex Elite 7.85, Again (And A Word About The Asus ZenPad S 8.0).
Cameras: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 Versus Asus ZenPad S 8.0
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Has Been Rooted
Google Books PDF Test: Asus ZenPad S 8.0
Asus ZenPad S 8.0: First Owner Review
Two More Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Videos
Asus ZenPad S 8.0: First Test
First User Reports About Asus ZenPad S 8.0
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (Plus, Pro): US$299
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 To Release iPad Mini Clone

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