Asus ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) now official

It doesn’t get more official than this. Asus has just come out with their Zenfone 3 8.0 tablet without so much as a whisper!

A few things make us curious. Is this what we were expecting? Not really. With a model of Z581KL, we were expecting this to be a next generation flagship tablet. Afterall, the ZenPad S 8.0 was “Z580CA” and the “5” being the key here.

However we see a tablet in the ZenPad 3 8.0 that is not quite at the level of say the newly announced ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500KL). So we are a bit confused. Is this ZenPad 3 8.0 going to be the slightly cheaper 8-inch tablet offering from Asus or will there be a ZenPad 3S 8.0 in the near future?

The ZenPad 3 8.0 does have a great display and bigger battery which are welcome for sure. It does not have a finger print sensor or build quality in the same league as the ZenPad 3S 10. If the Z581KL is an update to the original ZenPad 8.0, then certainly this is going to be a great deal for a tablet.

With the sudden release of this tablet, we are a bit aghast. For now you can look at our main ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) page here for more details and photo gallery.

Here is a first look:

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