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:


Yes, you can make phone calls with the ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL)

Asus has been famous for creating interesting and unique devices. In years past, you could buy a Fonepad which as you might expect, is a tablet that can make phone calls. Those devices were largely 7-inches, but Asus has dabbled with an 8-inch tablet phone (Fonepad 8) in the past. So to see a phone capable 8-inch ZenPad is not that much of stretch for Asus.

Fast forward to 2016 and Asus is giving you a bit of added use for the new ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL). It makes phone calls! This isn’t exactly a much talked about feature in this new tablet, but it’s something that can provide value. Would you want to hold an 8-inch tablet to your head in public? This is a personal choice! However you can use a headset and you can use the speaker phone rather than tablet-to-ear.

The “KL” indicated Snapdragon processor and 4G LTE enabled.We do not know the future of this tablet and whether it’s coming to the US market or not. It’s entirely possible that there will be a non 4G LTE version, but that’s just pure speculation on our part. You can buy the ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) in various countries already.


Verizon gets exclusive ZenPad Z10 (ZT500KL) LTE tablet – Sells for $229 to $329 USD

As we had a hunch a number of months ago, indeed the ZenPad Z10 is here and it’s a Verizon exlusive. The biggest difference between this model and the ZenPad 3S 10 would be in the processor. This Verizon exclusive comes with a LTE enabled processor which is a Snapdragon 650 Hexa-Core @ 1.8GHz with an Adreno 510 GPU. The Z10 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. More details to come!



[source: Verizon]

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) is just $299 – Pre Order Now in US and Canada

Asus never ceases to amaze when it comes to product pricing. It’s one thing that they have been committed to and they have delivered once again. We now see the opportunity to pre order the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) in the US market at a price of $299 USD. Considering that this tablet is stacked with premium features, this is a great deal and can be considered the best Android tablet value right now.

IN STOCK – Now available from Amazon and it will in fact ship to both US and Canada. Both color models are available.

Models: Z500M-C1-GR (Grey) and Z500M-C1-SL (Silver)

Shop Now –> Pre Order Now – ZenPad 3S 10 – Ships to US or Canada from Amazon

A quick look at the specs, the Z500M ships with 4GB of RAM, 64GB Storage, has a 1536 x 2048 resolution display, is powered by a MediaTek 8176 processor, is Z Stylus compatible, and comes with a finger print scanner.

The Z Stylus is the Asus digitizer stylus pen. We found the Z Stylus to be an excellent value and you can read our full review here. The Asus pen software allows for you to interact with the tablet more as a pen and paper thanks to the elimination of accidental screen touches. The Z Stylus sells for $29.99 USD.

Here is a high resolution photo gallery of the Grey color which is currently available for pre order:


Here is a gallery with high resolution images of the Silver color:

Breaking News – Buy a ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) Now – Ships Internationally!

We have been checking and checking again to see if the new premium ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) is available to buy. This just came available and we see 2 Items listed for sale right now. The seller ships to most places in the world.

With my experience buying items from eBay and sellers in Taiwan, getting faster shipping is well worth the extra money. You are buying now because you want it first, so waiting around for it to arrive via slow shipping can be frustrating. Trust me, I’ve been there. It’s worth the extra just to get it much faster.

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We have a specs page and some nice full high resolution images of the Z500M available on our site. The ZenPad 3S 10 is a 9.7-inch premium Android tablet which is Z Stylus compatible as well as having a finger print sensor.


Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes to ZenPad S 8.0 (Z580CA and Z580C) models

People have seemed discouraged about Asus tablets not getting the Marshmallow 6.0 Android update. Well, be sad no more! Asus has brought this update to your ZenPad S 8.0 tablet and it’s available now! (big thanks to our reader/visitor Jeff for the tip)

Firmware Version: V5.4.3.0

This update needs to be done MANUALLY. It will not update over the air. The reason? You need to take some precautions before going ahead with this update.

Now be aware of some substantial changes with this update. You NEED TO PREPARE for this update. Asus has listed these details here.

Before you update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, follow this check list:

  1. Software update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Internal storage will decrease slightly after update, suggest backing up data and relocating media file (pictures & video clip) to SD card to reserve enough storage before starting the software update.
  2. The battery life of device has to be more that 50%. It suggest plug ASUS adapter in order to avoid upgrading failed.
  3. Android Marshmallow won’t support APP2SD. Please move apps to internal storage before system upgrade
  4. Multi-user function won’t be supported if the account is deleted. Please keep your account to continue usage

There are other assorted notes which we have listed below. Notice the number of apps that will no longer be pre-loaded!

  • The following apps will not be pre-installed after the update: Clean Master, Data Transfer, Dr. Booster, Dr. Safety, Free Games, Game Center (TW SKU Only), iReader, Mirror, Omlet, PC Link, PhotoFrame, Puffin Browser, Remote Link, TripAdvisor, What’s next, Yahoo Shopping, ZenCircle, Zinio
  • Add new features and new apps: Google Calendar, Facebook Messenger
  • Remove Asus Email, Asus Calendar, ASUS Music ,ASUS Browser after Factory Reset. You can use Gmail, Google Calendar, Google play music and Chrome for relevant services
  • Integrate Power Saver and Auto-Start Manager into ASUS Mobile Manager
  • Add Singapore time zone
  • Update ASUS Support to ZenPad Care
  • Several Apps update

How to manually update your ZenPad to Android 6.0 Marshmallow: