Amazon.com has started shipping out pre orders! From what we see, when Amazon shows In Stock, they get sold out quickly during the day.
This is the actual product name: Z580CA-C1-BK
Update: October 21, 3am ET – Now showing IN STOCK. We are still waiting to see the Asus TriCover case in stock, but hopefully the wait will be over soon.
The C1 indicated a top end spec model. The best of the best. We have tried our best to help you distinguish between the various models of the ZenPad S 8.0 that are currently being sold. This particular model is $299 and has a number of specs/features that the cheaper $199 ZenPad S 8 (Z580C) does not have. We have a comparison article here which should help you understand the difference between the $199 and $299 tablets.
So far, we’ve seen this top end ZenPad available for pre order in Canada, US, and France. There is a slightly less robust Z580CA in the UK with a slightly slower processor, less storage and less RAM, but it still has the other premium Z580CA features like the Z Stylus support, USB Type-C and “ac” wifi standard.
Also we should mention a couple things about accessories. So far, we don’t have official US pricing or release dates for ZenPad S 8 accessories. The Z Stylus and Tri Cover will be in high demand, so we’re expecting some news soon. If you’re wondering about the unique cases like the Audio Cover or Power Case, those are not compatible with the ZenPad S series and will only work on the ZenPad 8.0 and ZenPad 7.0 models.