Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) is just $299 – Pre Order Now in US and Canada

Asus never ceases to amaze when it comes to product pricing. It’s one thing that they have been committed to and they have delivered once again. We now see the opportunity to pre order the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) in the US market at a price of $299 USD. Considering that this tablet is stacked with premium features, this is a great deal and can be considered the best Android tablet value right now.

IN STOCK – Now available from Amazon and it will in fact ship to both US and Canada. Both color models are available.

Models: Z500M-C1-GR (Grey) and Z500M-C1-SL (Silver)

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A quick look at the specs, the Z500M ships with 4GB of RAM, 64GB Storage, has a 1536 x 2048 resolution display, is powered by a MediaTek 8176 processor, is Z Stylus compatible, and comes with a finger print scanner.

The Z Stylus is the Asus digitizer stylus pen. We found the Z Stylus to be an excellent value and you can read our full review here. The Asus pen software allows for you to interact with the tablet more as a pen and paper thanks to the elimination of accidental screen touches. The Z Stylus sells for $29.99 USD.

Here is a high resolution photo gallery of the Grey color which is currently available for pre order:

 

Here is a gallery with high resolution images of the Silver color:

New 10-inch ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) shows up at GFXBench

It appears that Asus plans to update their lower priced ZenPad 10 with a new model soon, the Z301ML. Asus came out with a large number of Z300 variants but this appears to be an all new and higher spec model.

Based on the benchmark details, the Z301ML will be running a MediTek processor, the MT8173 @ 2.1GHz along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Camera specs are not clear, but it seems like a 8MP rear and 5MP front camera. The ZenPad 10 (Z301ML) will be running Android 7.0 Nougat.

What we are expecting is the same tablet and keyboard dock combination. This appears to be the way of the Z300 Series unlike the Z500 series which is without the keyboard dock option.

The original Z300 models were a modest resolution which made them less than appealing. It does seem that Asus upped the resolution to 2048 x 1536 which is going to meet consumer expectation these days.

No word on the keyboard dock, other than it’s going to be numbered as the DK02. Could it keep the speakers or will it incorporate a battery this time? Nothing has been mentioned and details are not known at this time. The biggest issue in the past was a real lack of availability. We received a large number of emails from people asking where they can buy one. Hopefully this next generation version is in great supply.

[source: GFXBench.com]

Android Nougat update comes to ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL)

It’s official now! You can get the Android 7.0 Nougat update for the ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) model as of today. If you don’t get the notification, then go into your settings, about device and check for updates. This udpate is for the WW SKU version only. Here are some details:

Version: WW-5.3.7

File Size: 1.72 GB

Date: 2017/03/31

Notes:

We’ve seen the update rolled out to many of the Zenfone models, so hopefully this is just the start of Android Nougat for the ZenPad models. There are a few changes, some which are not listed here. Please let us know about the PC link app and whether it’s still functional after this upate.

1.Remove  redundant app shortcuts “Audio Wizard”、 “Share Link” 、“System update” from all apps menu.
2.Remove ”PC Suite” (CD ROM)
3.Remove “Tap and hold to show menu” form Settings > ASUS customized settings > Touch key setting. Add “Tap and hold to activate Multi-window ” in Touch key setting.
4.Quick Settings supports multiple pages , user can swipe left to right to see more quick settings if using more than 12. User can enter edit screen by tap the edit button on top right corner to determine which settings enabling or disabling.
5.Default Tap and hold Recent apps key to activate Multi-window
6.Add “Game Genie”
7.ZenUI Keyboard added New Unicode code 9.0 emoji and skin tone.
8.The preloaded Holo Spiral, Bubbles, Black Hole, and Phase Beam live wallpapers are not compatible with Android N and will be removed after system update.
9.Add bundled notifications switch. (Settings > Notification > Configure notifications.) When multiple notifications for a single app are received, they can be bundled together into a single group. This group can be expanded to see the individual messages.
10.For user who use Easy mode, a Launcher app menu will show on the screen after upgrading from Android M to Android N. Please select your default launcher again.
11.Update various app version: Webstorage、Facebook、Instagram、SuperNote、MyAsus
12.Add Lock screen wallpaper slideshow Change wallpaper every time you wake up your device. And users can go to “Settings” -> “Lock screen” -> “Wallpaper slideshow settings” for setting.

[source: Asus.com]

[Update: It’s up!] Our review for the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) is coming!

[Update: Our review is up! Read our detailed ZenPad 3S 10 review here]

Just a quick update here. We have a lovely ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) to review and we are working as fast as possible to get our review up.

So far we like what we see. It’s as advertised. A beautiful looking device that’s priced right. We had an opportunity to review most every previous ZenPad tablet from last year so we have a good basis for comparison and opinion on what’s changed and what’s improved.

One thing is certain. Asus has struck the perfect balance of specs, design and price. We do have plenty of ZenPad 3S 10 resources on the site, so check those out while we get this review done up.

After handling and using the ZenPad 3S 10 over the past number of days we can already recommend it! If you don’t need to wait for our review, we have shopping resources listed here.

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Petition started to encourage Asus to bring Android 7.1 Nougat to their devices

One of our visitors Dave informed us of an online petition that was started in hopes of getting Asus to bring Android 7.1 to their devices. The petition can be found here. The petition initiator is a guy named Anthony Van Dyck from Italy.

If you go onto the Asus ZenTalk forums, you can clearly see the volume of requests and questions about the new Android updates. The requests are steady and constant across any Android device made by Asus. The petition is great and will help, but certainly Asus knows about the requests and customer demands when it comes to getting Android updates.

As we pointed out recently, more ZenPad tablets got the Marshmallow update that most people likely realized. The good news is that Asus is reducing their Android tablet offerings which should in theory result in a bit more TLC (tender loving care) when it comes to rolling out software updates. Not a guarantee, but the odds increase.

I think on a personal level, I think most Android updates are overstated. The improved features a lot of times are minor in nature and a lot of people might not even realize the additional features. Sure, in the beginning of Android the updates were major and game changing. Regardless of how the updates will or will not improve the user experience, I can also appreciate that when something is new, people want and expect it. It’s newer and therefore it must be better. I say a stable and bug free OS is better than a new Android update that might be buggy. And of course this is always the risk to a device when a manufacturer rolls out an Android update.

New ZenPad C 7.0 (Z171KG) sneaks onto Asus.com website

Talk about a stealth release! We had previously suggested there might be a new ZenPad C 7.0 model and now our prediction turned out to be official. Welcome to the budget ZenPad C 7.0 (Z171KL) tablet!

This is a tablet that can make phone calls and is very much like the 6.9-inch Zenfone Go phone which has recently been unveiled. If we look at the original ZenPad C 7.0, there are not a lot of advancements in terms of features or specs that make this model a big leap forward, but price is the key selling point.

The good news is that the new ZenPad C gets a higher resolution screen. The last generation model was actually terrific even regardless of the meager 1024 x 600 resolution. So this new model steps up with a 1280 x 800 screen which will make a big difference. Still 1 GB of RAM onboard and the processor is a Snapdragon quad-core which at this point is still unknown. The Z171KG comes with just 8GB of storage, but you can utilize the micro SD card slot for up to 128GB more storage. The battery is a 3480mAh which is about the same size as the Intel Atom powered ZenPad C 7.0 from last year but we expect the Snapdragon processor to provide a better battery life.

Price and release date are the big unknowns but don’t expect this in North America and expect the price to be very cheap in the markets that is becomes available.

More details to come, but for now here is an image gallery for you.

 

[source: Asus.com]

 

Asus adds product page for ZenPad 3S 10.0 LTE (Z500KL) – More Details

Up until today we only had a video with a few specs sprinkled in. Now we get the real deal and official Z500KL product page!

A few new details to share with you. First, the Z500KL comes only in a Slate Grey color. It weighs 490g which is heavier than the Z500M which weighs 430g. However the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE comes with a 7800mAh battery compared to the 5900mAh battery in the Z500M tablet. Storage is 32GB with 4GB RAM. Another value added feature is the Z Stylus compatibility.

Network Standard Specs:

4G:
FDD LTE 1 3 5 7 8 9 18 19 20 26 28
TDD LTE 38/41

3G :
UMTS :
850MHz(5)/850MHz(6)/900MHz(8)/2100MHz(1)

 

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