Asus has announced their newest flagship tablet, the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA, but for the sake of not losing my mind I’m just going to call it the ZenPad S 8.0. According to Asus, it looks great, it sounds great, and it has one of those fancy new USB Type-C connectors!

The ZenPad S 8.0 is “inspired by the spirit of Zen,” something a high-strung, chronic worrier like myself would know nothing about. The tablet is 7.9 inches, has a 2K QXGA 1536×2048 IPS display with wide viewing angles, a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor with PowerVR G6430 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage.

The ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is available now for $299 at the usual retailers – Amazon, NewEgg, Tiger Direct, and the like. Of course, it’s also available at the official ASUS store. An ASUS Z stylus is also on the way for an early September release. It will cost $29.99 and be available at the Asus store. Check out the full press release below for all the details.

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ASUS Announces Flagship ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA

— New ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA combines stunning form with outstanding function —

Premium high-performance tablet with stunning 2K IPS display
ASUS Tru2Life+ and DTS Premium Sound technologies for amazing visual and audio fidelity
4GB of RAM for outstanding multi-tasking capabilities
New USB Type-C connector
Fremont, Calif. (Aug. 17, 2015) – ASUS today announces the new flagship ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA tablet that combines stunning form with outstanding function into a portable device perfect for work and play. The new ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA, inspired by the spirit of Zen, redefines the tablet experience with premium materials and classy styling that fits your personal sense of fashion and professionalism.

Theres nothing else like the ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA, which fuses a clean design with unmatched performance. Clean lines with a metallic finish, hairline pattern, diamond cut edges and a soft-touch leather-pattern material defines the look and feel of the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA for unique style with a touch of luxury.

A gorgeous 7.9-inch 2K QXGA (1536×2048) IPS display with wide viewing angles and an incredible 324ppi pixel density delivers a beautifully detailed viewing experience whether youre watching videos, viewing images, playing games or being productive. ASUS True2Life+ technology brings advanced image-processing technology to create dynamic life-like HDR images and video from any source. Tru2Life+ technology analyzes each pixel in an image before its displayed and performs intelligent contrast and sharpness adjustments to boost dynamic range, revealing even the smallest details to ensure an incredibly realistic viewing experience.

ASUS TruVivid improves screen clarity, brightness, and touch responsiveness by transforming the conventional four-layer display design composed of cover glass, a touch panel, air gap, and LCD module into a two-layer, fully-laminated design that eliminates the air gap, resulting in higher optical transparency for brilliant color and improved brightness.

Complementing the stunning display is DTS Premium Sound technology for incredible audio. DTS-HD technology provides high-fidelity sound from all types of multimedia content, and lets users play back or stream movies and music with up to 5.1 virtual channels of DTS surround sound to a connected audio system. The ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA also includes DTS Sound Studio to transform stereo audio into virtual surround sound thats enjoyable through the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA speakers or using headphones for immersive entertainment experiences at home or on the go.

Powering the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 with PowerVR G6430 graphics for superior system responsiveness and 3D gaming capabilities, 4GB for blazing-fast multi-tasking performance a first for a tablet, and 64GB of internal storage for unrivaled work and play capabilities.

A new USB Type-C connector enables users to plug-in cables into the tablet in any direction. The reversible connector makes connecting the charging cable in the dark a breeze theres simply no wrong way to plug it in. Users can also use the USB Type-C port with an optional USB Type-C to USB Type-A (USB 2.0) adapter to connect USB devices such as Ethernet adapters, keyboards, mice and audio devices to the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA.
An optional ASUS Z Stylus transforms the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA into the perfect device for creative expression. The Z Stylus provides a natural writing and drawing experience that is as easy as using a pen thanks to pinpoint accuracy and sensitive multi-touch technology. Its also perfectly suited for creative tasks such as sketching, painting, and design work with support of up to 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity and up to a 1.2mm writing tip.

The ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Z580CA is available immediately for $299 USD at Amazon, B&H Photo Video, Newegg, Tiger Direct and the ASUS Store while the optional ASUS Z Stylus arrives early September for $29.99 from the ASUS Store. It joins the previously released ASUS ZenPad family that consists of the ZenPad C 7.0 (Z170), ZenPad 8.0 (Z380CX), ZenPad 10 (Z300) and ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580C).


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