Being able to swap out the back of a device for a different color or maybe to add a little functionality isn't exactly a new phenomenon — phones have been doing it for years. But tablets never really got into that game. That changes today with the ASUS ZenPad 8.0 Z380C, unveiled at the Computex conference in Taiwan,
The 8-inch tablet sports an Atom X3 (SoFIA) quad-core processor and Mali 450MP4 GPU. The display is a rather unimpressive 1280x800 resolution (at a 16:10 aspect ratio), and you'll get either 1 or 2 gigabytes of RAM along with either 8 or 16 gigabytes of storage, depending on the model.
The real talking points, however, are the back covers. There's the Zen Case back covers, available in leather black, pearl white and aurora metallic. Or you can opt for the Zen Clutch folio. If the 4,000 mAh battery isn't enough for your use, you can snag the Power Case batter back that gives you up to 14 hours of total use, ASUS says. (That includes the internal batter.) There's an Audio Cover that adds six speakers and five hours of battery life, with 5.1 DTS-HD sound.
So while the specs might not wow you, there's definitely a lot here to take a look at.
|Display||8-inch IPS at 1280x800|
|Operating system||Android 5.0|
|Processor||Intel Atom X3 (SoFIA) C3200 series Quad-core|
|GPU||Mali 450MP4 GPU|
|Storage||8GB or 16GB eMMC|
|Connectivity||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0 LE|
|Cameras||2MP front, 5MP rear|
|Battery||4000 mAh battery (nonremovable)|
|Dimensions||209 x 123 x 8.5mm|