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.


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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.


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:


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]