What’s that? You thought the age of the Android tablet had reached its inevitable level of stagnation? To the point where you have no real reason to pick up another one anymore? Asus doesn’t think so and, honestly, neither do I. Tablets still have their place and over at Computex Taipei this week, the world got its first look at the new Asus ZenPad 3S 8.0.

Computex 2017: Asus ZenPad 3S 8.0 Shows Android Tablets Still Relevant?

The photos, which come by way of Roland Quandt on Twitter, don’t offer much in terms of actual surprises or shocking shifts in mindset. It’s a slab with a physical home button, flanked by a couple of capacitive touch buttons for back and multi-tasking. On the back, you get a glossy strip with a 13MP camera near the top, combined with a matte finish for the rest of the back. The selfie cam is a 5MP shooter.

Also known by its even less memorable model number Z582KL, the ZenPad 3S 8.0 isn’t all that different from the regular ZenPad 3 8.0 from last year. The “S” in its name aligns with the tick-tock refresh schedule we see with some other companies. As you might guess, it’s an 8-inch tablet (technically 7.9-inch) with a 1536 x 2048 resolution. Under the hood, you find a Snapdragon 650/652 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. Rounding out the specs are Android 7.1 Nougat and a 6.9mm profile.


They may not be the most exciting products in the world at this point, but the Asus ZenPad line has always been a solid choice for anyone looking for a reasonably-priced Android tablet. We have one in our home and it’s largely been holding up like a champ, especially at the price. There’s no pricing or availability information on the ZenPad 3S 8.0 for now, but it’s safe to assume that the mid-range specs will be accompanied by an affordable mid-range price tag too.

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