Asus ZenPad tablets leak ahead of possible July launch
Asus is looking to bring the Zen into the tablet space in the near future. Following its reasonably successful Zenfone line, the Taiwanese company is set to also release at least a couple of tablets under the ZenPad brand.
The first members of this new family will come in 7" and 8" iterations. The 7-inch ZenPad will have two versions: the Wi-Fi-only Z170C, and the 3G-capable Z170CG. Both of these models should be out in July, at least in Russia.
Spec-wise, the ZenPad 7 won't be breaking any records. It will sport an IPS screen with 1,024x600 resolution, 8 or 16GB of expandable storage, a 2 MP rear camera, a VGA front camera, Bluetooth support, and a 3,950 mAh battery.
A 64-bit Intel Atom X3 chipset will be doing the heavy lifting, and it will come with a 1 GHz quad-core CPU, aided by 1GB of RAM.
The ZenPad 7 will be offered in black and white, it will weigh under 300g, and in Russia pricing will start at RUB 7,990 for the Wi-Fi-only version. That's about $160 or €140. If you want 3G connectivity too, you'll have to shell out RUB 8,990 - which means $180 or €158. Obviously prices may differ in other markets.
Moving on, an 8-inch ZenPad got certified by the FCC. This tablet is said to come with higher-end specs compared to the 7-incher. It may be powered by Intel's Z3560 or Z3530 chipsets, with 2GB of RAM and 8, 16, 32, or 64GB of built-in storage. Furthermore, the 8" touchscreen comes with 2,048x1,536 resolution.
Both ZenPads will be officially unveiled at Computex in Taiwan at the beginning of June.