Hands-on with the Asus Zenpad 7.0

There’s a lot we should be thankful to lớn Asus for when it comes khổng lồ 7-inch Android tablets. After all, the Taiwanese company built both generations of the Nexus 7 – which remain two of the best Android tablets ever built.

Next on the agenda is the Asus ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG), not to be confused with the cheaper Hãng Asus ZenPad C 7.0. The 7.0-inch Android tablet was announced at Computex earlier this year but this is my first look at it.

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The specs sheet reads lượt thích the first generation Nexus 7 albeit with some additions. Like the 64-bit Hãng sản xuất Intel processor, micro SD thẻ tư vấn, some potentially interesting HDR display công nghệ và an array of optional covers that Asus clearly hopes will prove a distraction from what is essentially a mid-range Android tablet.

From the front, it’s your bog standard Android tablet. The blaông xã screen bezel above & below the screen are pretty thichồng và there’s just the front-facing camera sensor và microphone up top breaking up an otherwise drab-looking slate.

Flip it over and thankfully Hãng Asus has made some attempt to lớn make the ZenPad feel a little more luxurious. The removable bachồng features a textured leather-effect finish that helps you get a satisfying grip on the 272g, 8.7mm thichồng tablet. It’s a tablet built khổng lồ be used in portrait mode và it’s sufficiently comfortable to lớn use it without worrying it might become a strain for longer browsing sessions.


That removable baông chồng can be replaced with a clutch-style case, that basically attempts lớn look lượt thích a clutch bag, a power case that can also add battery life when its not in use and an optional 5.1 Surround Sound audio cover. The audio cover is interesting considering the speaker thiết lập alone on the ZenPad 7.0 doesn’t make a good first impression. Granted, that’s always difficult to judge in a busy room, but they’re clearly a little on the weedy side.

Asus talked up the 1280 x 800 IPS screen but being honest, it’s not groundbreaking, at least from a resolution perspective sầu. It does include the company’s Tru2Life technology, which claims lớn bring the same high-end TV HDR technology to a tablet.

The benefits include improved sharpness, intelligent contrast & better outdoor visibility. There’s a little demonstration pre-loaded onto lớn the tablet lớn emphasis the screen enhancements but it was difficult to lớn notice a dramatic difference. I’d definitely need lớn spover more time to lớn get a clear idea if the Tru2Life tech makes a difference.

In the power department, there’s a 64-bit Intel Atom processor with the option of 1GB or 2GB of RAM & a MaLi-450 MP4 GPU. It’s by no means a powerhouse in tablet terms, but it should be enough for most và a swipe through home page screens and launching apps shows things generally are running smooth. All of the connectivity bases are covered here as well, with micro SIM slot to lớn offer 3G connectivity & Miracast tư vấn to lớn sover your screen khổng lồ compatible TV.

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The ZenPad runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, but be warned you’ll have to lớn khuyễn mãi giảm giá with some of Asus’ customization. Testing the tablet I found Hãng Asus hasn’t substantially tinkered with Android, but there does appear to be a bit of bloatware pre-loaded.

For those intent on taking it out in public lớn take pictures, there’s an 8-megapx main camera around the back and the option of 5-megapx or 0.3-megapx front-facing camera. The options mean the ZenPad cameras are on-paper reasonable by tablet standards, but nowhere near as good as most smartphones.

Rounding things off is a 3,450mAh battery that Hãng Asus claims should get you up to eight hours battery life. That’s enough for a day’s play & probably not a lot more.

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First impressions

Priced at €199, which is about £150, the ZenPad 7.0 ticks most of the mid-range tablet boxes. It’s got a solid screen, a svào build unique & plenty of connectivity. Is that enough? That’s debatable.

I’m not entirely convinced by the HDR display technology & the speaker setup either, but at least the optional cover does help disguise the largely lacklustre kiến thiết. But, when the affordable end of the tablet market is already a congested place, I’m not sure a selection of optional cases is really the key to lớn standing out from the crowd.