How can Asus improve the ZenPad S 8.0 Series (Z580CA) with the ZT581KL?

Details are scarce. We’ve seen perhaps one benchmark result from a possible next generation ZenPad S 8.0, but that was quite some time ago. At Computex 2016 next week, Asus is letting the suspense build.

We want to look at the hero Z580CA (and the Z580C) and see if there were opportunities for Asus to improve upon for this upcoming next gen ZenPad. The ZenPad S 8.0 was a really incredible device so Asus has their work cut out for them.

Price wise? We can’t see Asus doing much better than what they accomplished with the ZenPad S 8.0 series. The Z580C make huge headlines when the price was announced and it was a new standard for high resolution Android tablets in terms of low price. With the move to Snapdragon Qualcomm and the departure of Intel, the next generation model is going to have a hard time getting to the same low price as the ZenPad S 8.0 series. Match it? Possibly.

Build wise, the ZenPad S 8.0 series was truly premium looking and feeling. It wasn’t the lightest or thinnest so we could see the next gen version getting thinner and lighter. Personally I’m okay with thinner but I would rather have a larger battery.

Battery life is one area that could very well improve with the use of a Snapdragon processor. The ZenPad S 8.0 series had the best battery life of the ZenPad releases, but it’s one area that could use improvements. Battery life happens to be a headline maker or at least a deal breaker in some instances. We ran a site poll and people seemed very receptive to a heavier ZenPad that had a bigger battery. Like a ZenPad Max. Hey, great idea! Mr. Asus please consider that!

Stylus input was very useful on the Z580CA and a next generation model hopefully will have stylus input as well. Intel put together a Stylus Alliance in hopes of creating a stylus standard, so it’s possible that Asus will change their stylus technologies in the next generation ZT581KL. A nice feature on the next generation would be a built in stylus compartment, although that isn’t likely.

Display and resolution were terrific on the original ZenPad S 8.0 so we aren’t sure how exactly Asus will build upon or improve upon the display and resolution. Perhaps a bit brighter for the next gen release? More accurate colors?

Pre installed software (bloatware) is one area where the ZenPad S 8.0 was criticized, at least in North America. It’s just not a popular thing to do and negative press comes along with it. So the question is whether Asus will dial back the pre installed software for the next generation. With the software updates that have rolled out over the months, it does appear that Asus is removing or allowing people to uninstall a lot of the apps. There was a revenue generating aspect to having pre installed apps so having fewer of them may make low price points even harder to achieve. However, from our perspective what you lose on one hand you gain back with more favorable reviews, which in turn should increase overall tablet sales.

Speed and performance wise we don’t see how Asus can take giant leaps forward with a next generation model. For most people, the Z580C provides enough performance for what they need out of their Android tablet. Even with 3GB of RAM with the next model, it’s going to be more than sufficient for more everyone.

Cameras on tablets? This is a tricky one. Expensive Android tablets? That’s what you’re looking at if you up the camera capabilities. The Zenfone 3 series is going big on camera technology, but it’s unclear whether Asus will do the same on their flagship tablet(s). People are not likely to buy a tablet because of its camera quality whereas a camera can be a deal breaker. We can’t see Asus making their tablet prices higher for the sake of a better camera. The ZenPad S 8.0 did have the highest spec cameras for their tablet line-up but it’s still not big selling point.

So what do you think can be improved? What feature(s) do you hope for in the next gen flagship ZenPad?





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  1. z580ca owner May 29, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    Perhaps video output such as hdmi for instance (until usb c provides a true solution) could be interesting.
    I was going to add split screen, but I need and should be able to get this on the current model and not the new one only, since this is mostly a software issue.

    Screen, sound, design, weight are good, battery life could be improved a little.

  2. z580ca owner May 30, 2016 at 12:00 am #

    And also stylus is very useful (at least for me it is)

  3. Bell June 8, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    Ywah, i hope stylus support will be delivered

  4. Search June 8, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

    It needs a firm commitment to update the operating system.

  5. Shawn July 1, 2016 at 3:55 am #

    Battery life during use and speaker volume would be the two things that I would liked enhanced. I was very disappointed with the speakers of the CA when not using headphones. My phone was much louder and clearer.

  6. Postbushd June 14, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    Asus S8 z580ca owner
    When will there be an update for nougat, should be possible taking into account the hardware on board !
    I am looking forward to this.

    And indeed some obliged apps should be possible to release them frm my tablet !

    To be straight I would expect that ASUS would realise that for the owners of an ASUS S8 Z580 CA.

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