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.

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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:

Asus is top tablet seller in Taiwan

Say what you want about the slumping tablet market, but the reality is that Asus is doing quite fine in the Taiwan market. A recent story has come out indicating that Asus is leading the market in Taiwan with a 34% share.

If anyone is wondering why the Taiwan market got the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) before anyone else, this might explain it. A company is going to provide for their best market before other markets. This is how business works. Also helping Asus in the Taiwan market has been the release of the new ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) which is an affordable, yet solid Android tablet.

If you live outside of Taiwan, be assured both the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) and ZenPad 3 8.0 (Z581KL) are coming soon. In fact we have spotted a number of countries already with pre order opportunities.

[source: FocusTaiwan.tw]

 

Pre order ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) now! Full details. Where to Buy!

This is exciting. It appears your chance to get the new premium 9.7-inch ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) is starting! We have full pre order listings below for all parts of the world, now including Europe countries! As countries begin their pre orders, we will update our list below.

Germany: Pre Order Now – Germany – Amazon.de

Italy: Available Now – Italy – Amazon.it

France: Pre Order – France – Amazon.fr

UK: Order Now – ZenPad 3S 10 – Amazon.co.uk

Spain: Shop Now – Spain – Amazon.es

(update in progress…)

What will the price of the ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M) be in the US?

We love to speculate! The top question we get is regarding prices. Release dates are about equally as important, but for now let’s look at some price comparisons.

The challenge here is that this tablet comes in a 32GB or 64GB version. So far at IFA 2016, we’ve been shown a price of € 349. That’s all we have to work with. Our guess would be the € 349 is for the 32GB model because Asus likely want to show the lowest price available. The question then becomes though whether the US will have one or both storage options available.

We done some number crunching and here is the price that we are expecting (likely a $50 difference between the 32GB and 64GB models).

$329 USD to $379 USD (estimate only)

If the 64GB is available in the US, expect the price to be around $50 USD more expensive, around $379 or $399. We’ve looked at the Taiwan price of the Z500M and the Euro price of the Z500M for this comparison. These estimations are never just a matter of a simple conversion. The US will get the best price.

We feel at $329 USD (unofficial) our price may even be a bit too high. We say this because the price in Taiwan with a straight conversion is $346 USD. The price should be cheaper in the US but obviously currencies fluxuate. This is not an exact science!

Stay tuned for the official US pricing which we hope to see very soon!!

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