ZenPad tablets with Android 6.0 Marshmallow update

In the recent past, Asus rolled out Android 6.0 Marshmallow to the ZenPad S 8.0 series of tablets. That was big news and a big relief to a lot of people. People want Android updates and people speak loud and clear about this.

Part of our goal has been to keep people in the loop. To keep people informed about updates to their ZenPads has been part of our mission. So we can accept the fact we haven’t kept up with all things ZenPad.

At this point in time we aren’t even sure if people realize that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update has come to a number of ZenPad tablets. People have been critical of Asus for lack of Android updates, but perhaps some of that criticism is not entirely valid.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow update available for the following:

  • ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA/Z580C)
    • JP_V5.4.9.0 (2016/09/12)
    • WW_V5.4.3.0 (2016/09/12)
  • ZenPad 8.0 (Z380KL)
    • JP_V5.6.0 (2016/09/08)
    • WW_V5.4.2 (2016/05/26)
  • ZenPad 10 (Z300CL)
    • JP_V13.8.1.56 (2016/09/30)
    • WW_V13.8.1.56 (2016/09/19)
  • ZenPad 7.0 (Z370KL)
    • JP_13.6.2.27 (2016/08/18)
    • WW_13.6.2.24 (2016/08/18)


How To Update Your ZenPad With Android 6.0 Marshmallow:

These instructions can be used for this update regardless of your ZenPad model. The main point is that you will need to download the update manually. I recommend that you view our ZenPad S 8.0 Android 6.0 update page and read the comments from people who have done the update themselves. People helping one another!

Other key points include backing up your files and important documents and ensuring you have a full battery charge before starting the update. Asus says have at least 50% battery but we say make it 100%.


Asus unveils ZenPad 3S 10 LTE (Z500KL) – Details and Promo Video

We had predicted the existence and release of a 4G LTE model of the ZenPad 3S 10 and it appears we were correct. Welcome to the Z500KL which is going to be known as the ZenPad 3S 10 LTE tablet. In case you are wondering, the Z500KL is largely like the Verizon exclusive ZenPad Z10.

First, we can’t speak to the release date, country availability or price. It’s too early at the time of writing to have those specifics. What we can look at though are some of the limited specs that we have seen mentioned in the first promo video.

First, the Z500KL comes with a Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor (1.8GHz) which should mean an Adreno 510 GPU. This processor is the same as the ZenPad Z10.

Second, and this is going to shock you, is the 7800mAh battery that also has Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. At first blush the 7800mAh battery seems like a typo, but it’s not.

In case you were wondering, the non LTE model of this tablet (Z500M) comes with a 5900mAh battery which is actually around the standard battery size for the 9.7-inch tablet sizes. With Asus putting a 7800mAh battery inside the Z500KL, it makes it a ZenPad Max in our eyes! This 7800mAh battery is also the same size battery that comes in the Verizon exclusive ZenPad Z10.

So a bigger battery means what to this thin tablet? Actually the thinness is unaffected by the bigger battery which is great news. It makes the Z500KL a bit heavier than the Z500M but with that boost of battery life we think most people will be happy with the trade-off. Do you agree?

If you’re wondering about Z Stylus pen compatibility, yes, the ZenPad 3S 10 is compatible with the Z Stylus.

Promo Video:

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Asus North America releases promo video for Verizon ZenPad Z10 exclusive tablet

With the surging popularity of the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) you might also want to check out the 4G LTE version that is similar and exclusive to Verizon. The big differences is in the processor and RAM. The Z10 comes with a Snapdragon process rather than a MediaTek processor and the Z10 comes with 3GB of RAM in comparison to 4GB found in the Z500M model. The Z500M does have 64GB storage whereas the Z10 has 32GB storage and the Z10 does not have Z Stylus compatibility that we can see.

Certainly the Z10 offers a hard to beat price to specs to features in this size of tablet with 4G LTE connectivity.



Software update comes to ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL)

We are hoping to keep on top of the various software (firmware) updates that roll out to the various ZenPad tablets throughout the year. When you get that OTA (over-the-air) update notification there can be some nice goodies to be excited about.

In this update dated October 21, 2016 for the ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) we can’t say there is anything overly exciting. However it does provide a Google security patch so that’s worth talking about for sure.


  • JP-
  • WW-

Here are the release notes:

  1. Update Google security patch
  2. Update APN list
  3. Update Setup Wizard

So that’s a fairly minimal update for now anyways. As the ZenPad 3 8.0 starts to roll out to more countries we expect to see some more significant software updates in the near future.

[source: Asus.com]

A 4G LTE version of the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500KL) is likely coming

If we have already said this, forgive us because we’re going to say it again. Asus has a quiet hero in the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M). Quiet in the sense that Asus did little in most markets to promote or market this tablet. The Zenvolution events that rolled out across the globe were understandably geared towards the Zenfone 3 launch. We just watched the Italy Zenvolution event and we couldn’t find any ZenPad 3S 10 slides during the presentation. However they did list the prices at the end of the presentation.

So it has been a curious path. The price point of USD 299 is quite astonishing considering the quality high resolution display, RAM, storage, finger print sensor and Z Stylus compatibility. With these specs at this price point, early indications are that this will be a hit success for Asus provided they can maintain inventory.

But we are here to talk about a 4G LTE version of the ZenPad 3S 10. This would go by the model name of Z500KL and thus would indicate it would be running with a Snapdragon processor which is different that the current Z500M with a MediaTek processor.

Is a 4G LTE model better or faster? Without reviewing or testing the two different models, it would be generally accepted that the Snapdragon processor would be able to run more efficiently than the MediaTek processor. This is based on the fact that Snapdragon are very much the top ARM processor company in the world.

Price will obviously be increased for a 4G LTE model (Z500KL) but by how much we can’t say yet. With Verizon having the ZenPad Z10 exclusive, it’s highly unlikely that the US market will see the Z500KL. In most cases, Asus releases 3G and 4G LTE tablets in the Asian and Europe markets. We also can’t specify a release date although getting products out before the shopping season is pretty much a priority. In the case of the Z500KL it could very likely be coming some time in November. Up until now we haven’t heard anything but this is not a surprise based on the low key approach that Asus is taking with their tablet line-up now.

Stay tuned for updates!


New hands-on video with the ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) tablet

Asus has put out a new hands-on video featuring the ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) tablet. This is more of a realistic, practical look at the tablet. Nothing too deep in terms of specs, but most of the selling points are included.

The ZenPad 3 8.0 is interesting. It’s not quite as premium as the ZenPad 3S 10, but it does share the top internal hardware for the most part. Some things the ZenPad 3 8.0 does better like the front facing dual stereo speakers and 4G LTE with phone calling ability. However there is not a fingerprint scanner/unlock and the exterior of the Z581KL is not as premium a build as the ZenPad 3S 10. Price targets are the likely reason for slightly dialed back premium looks of the ZenPad 3 8.0 tablet. It’s still looking solid though!

Here is a screenshot of the phone calling app: