Pre orders for ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA) now available!

A bit of breaking news here. For the first time, you can order the true hero ZenPad model, the Z580CA (Z580CA-C1-BK) with fully stacked specs and features. Now available for pre order!

Pre Order from B&H Now – US – Canada – International orders:

$299 US – Asus ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA) Free Shipping To Canada/US – B&H

If you live outside of the US market, it’s well worth considering ordering from B&H. Our information from Canada is that this model will retail for $399 CAD. You can clearly see the price difference even when you consider possible duties, taxes and conversions. Regarding international orders, this price point will be lower than your country and we base that on everything we’ve seen thus far. It would appear that the US market is getting a price break. We don’t know international prices for the Z580CA-C1 right now, but when you see those, this option from B&H may very well be worth considering.

Why is the ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA) the best Android tablet right now? This particular model, the Z580CA-C1-BK (black) or Z580CA-C1-WH (white) has the top specs and feature set. We’ve outlined a few of the details here.

black-zenpad-s-8-0-z580c-z580ca-8We are clearly more nimble when it comes to the ZenPad news. It’s not a knock on other websites, it’s just a point that we are focused in on one product and we can spend our time on that single purpose. I guess it’s easier for us. The point is, you’re going to see the $199 Z580C story (we posted about that on July 3) hitting many of the big sites as late as today. The fact is, the $299 Z580CA is the breaking news story! We do feel also that the $199 Z580C model is not being correctly described in many of those articles out there. Make no mistake about it, the Z580CA-C1-BK or Z580CA-C1-WH (white color not yet up for pre order) are the absolute top of the class when it comes to the ZenPad line-up and beat most every one of the other flagship tablets on the market.

Price Comparisons – How cheap is a $299 price tag?

Price is where the rubber hits the road. For a lot of people, including us, price is a key factor in deciding what to buy. So how does this “hero” tablet stack up against similar tablets out there right now? We need to look at similar screen resolution, storage of 64GB and similar RAM, although that’s going to virtually impossible to find other tablets with 4GB of RAM on the market right now. So for the most part, we will look at the 64GB storage capacity and compare some prices.

iPad mini 3 (64GB storage with 1GB RAM) – $499 US

iPad Air 2 (9.7-inch with 64GB storage) – $599 US

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (16GB storage with 3GB RAM) – $299

Those are 3 of the competing “hero” tablets on the market. On a spec to spec basis, you’re going to find the Z580CA at the top of the class. Pen input and dual front facing stereo speakers are two of the big ones right off the bat. We also realize that the Z580CA-C1 is not yet on store shelves and is on pre order. There will be a new Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 coming, but we do not expect the price to be anywhere near as low as the Asus model. Same thing for any new iPad mini 4 that comes along. Price wise, there is but one hero.

When will it ship?

This is always a tricky question to answer. In general, products ship earlier than what websites list as possible shipping dates. We’ve seen that many times before. It’s one of those situations where you don’t want to disappoint customers by promising an early shipping date and be wrong about it. It’s better to say later, but deliver earlier than your customers expectation. Brad from feels that it may ship near the end of July some time. He’s pretty accurate with his predictions and he has a deep knowledge on Asus related information, so we will trust his feeling on it.

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  1. Panther6834 July 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm #

    The ZenPad S 8.0 isn’t just available for “pre-order”…it is available NOW…and HAS been available for three days (ie. it was available a day BEFORE this site posted the ‘article’ telling people it’s available for pre-order. How do you get one now? Simple…go to Best Buy, just like I did. Best uy has had them in stock since last week, and while they couldn’t officially start selling them when they received them, they did get the “sell now” go-ahead from ASUS to start selling this past Sunday (July 12).

    If your local store doesn’t have any in stock, first ask them to check the inventory of all other stores within your area. While my closest store didn’t have any, a store 15 miles away had one (but I don’t trust “one”, as that’s probably the display unit), and a store approximately an hour away had eight. Needless to say, I didn’t want to drive that far, wasting gas, so I just had them order it for in-store delivery, as I knew I’d have it two days later (their distribution warehouse for my region is only 75 minutes from where I live). So, if you want one now, or within a couple/few days, go to Best Buy…and if they don’t have any in-stock, have them place an order for in-store delivery. This way, you’ll have yours before all those ordering from B&H Photo, etc. Enjoy.

  2. Daniel Mackenzie July 16, 2015 at 9:20 am #

    Has anyone in the UK ordered one of these from here? What taxes and postage are added?

  3. Shawn July 23, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m really thinking/hoping that things will jump start for these releases by late next week.Asus definetly needs to beat Samsung to the punch by a good amount.

  4. Dan EE July 31, 2015 at 4:24 am #

    The A/B/G/N/AC WiFi version was just approved 7/30 as the MSQP01MA. It can now be sold in the US.
    It uses the Broadcom BCM4339 1×1:1 WiFi/BT4.0 combo chip. Which is described as an entry level device and is slightly dated.

    • Staff July 31, 2015 at 7:04 am #

      Thanks. In your opinion, would you expect it on store shelves earlier than 4 weeks from now?

      • Dan EE July 31, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

        The Equipment Under Test(EUT)was listed as a production unit, not an engineering sample. This would lead me to believe we will see it on the shelves soon.

    • Shawn August 1, 2015 at 2:19 am #

      Is this a similar radio to what the P01M uses just with AC capabilities?

  5. Dan EE July 31, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

    This is highly speculative. I went back and looked at the P01M report. It was also a production unit, however it took over a month from the time it was received in the lab to the testing completed. The P01MA flew through testing in 6 days. I would think they are fast tracking it to get it out and have the spotlight prior the the TAB S2 arrival.

  6. Shawn August 18, 2015 at 1:23 am #

    I just got an email that my pre-order CA from B&H had shipped. These things are finally going out!

  7. Danyel Tucker June 13, 2016 at 8:57 pm #

    Why do none of the stores have this item in white. Please if anyone knows how to get this item in white let me know. Z580CA-C1-WH

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