Asus Zenpad 7


Hands-on with the hãng asus Zenpad 7.0

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

Next on the agenda is the asus ZenPad 7.0 (Z370CG), not khổng lồ 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. Lượt thích the 64-bit hãng intel processor, micro SD card support, some potentially interesting HDR display technology and an array of optional covers that hãng asus clearly hopes will prove a distraction from what is essentially a mid-range apk tablet.

From the front, it’s your bog standard android tablet. The đen screen bezel above and below the screen are pretty thick and there’s just the front-facing camera sensor & microphone up đứng đầu breaking up an otherwise drab-looking slate.

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


That removable back can be replaced with a clutch-style case, that basically attempts to look like a clutch bag, a nguồn case that can also địa chỉ cửa hàng battery life when its not in use and an optional 5.1 Surround Sound audio cover. The audio cover is interesting considering the speaker setup alone on the ZenPad 7.0 doesn’t make a good first impression. Granted, that’s always difficult to lớn 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. It does include the company’s Tru2Life technology, which claims khổng lồ bring the same high-end TV HDR công nghệ to a tablet.

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

In the power nguồn department, there’s a 64-bit intel Atom processor with the option of 1GB or 2GB of RAM và 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 screens và launching apps shows things generally are running smooth. All of the connectivity bases are covered here as well, with micro SIM slot khổng lồ offer 3G connectivity và Miracast support to send your screen khổng lồ compatible TV.

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The ZenPad runs on app android 5.0 Lollipop, but be warned you’ll have to deal with some of Asus’ customization. Testing the tablet I found asus hasn’t substantially tinkered with Android, but there does appear khổng lồ be a bit of bloatware pre-loaded.

For those intent on taking it out in public lớn take pictures, there’s an 8-megapixel main camera around the back và the option of 5-megapixel or 0.3-megapixel 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 strong build quality and 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 design. 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 standing out from the crowd.