In Short

The ASUS ZenPad S 8 is the company's latest 8-inch tablet that was originally announced in 2015 June at Computex. During its "Zensation" event, ASUS took the wraps off of new 7, 8, and 10 inch tablets, with the focus being on the 8-inch tabs.

ASUS ZenPad S 8 Specifications

Category Specification
Operating System Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Display 8” LED Backlight QXGA (1536 x 2048) Screen
IPS Panel
10 finger multi-touch support
Anti-fingerprint coating
Full lamination
CPU Intel® Atom™ Z3530 Quad-Core, 64bit
Memory 2GB
Storage 16GB/32GB
5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space
100GB of Google Drive space for 2 years
Graphic IMG PowerVR Series 6 - G6430
Wireless Data Network WLAN802.11 b/g/n*1
Bluetooth V4.1& Bluetooth Smart(Bluetooth low energy)
Support Miracast
Camera 2 MP Front Camera
5 MP Rear Camera
Audio 2 x Front Speaker with DTS HD Premium Sound, Sonic Master technology, Supports aptX®
Interface 1 × Micro USB
1 × 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 × Micro SD Card Reader, up to 128GB (SDXC)
Sensor G-Sensor/ E-compass / GPS / Light-Sensor / Hall Sensor
Battery 8 hours battery life; 15.2Wh Li-polymer Battery*3
Navigation GPS & GLONASS
Color Black, White
Dimensions 203.2 x 134.5 x 6.9 mm (LxWxH)*4
Weight 317 g

ASUS is offering the ZenPad S 8 in three different models, all with slightly different specs and price points. The lower end model features an Intel Atom X3 processor that is paired with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM, and 8GB or 16GB respectively, depending on SKU choice. The higher-spec model makes use of the more powerful Intel Atom Z3580, partnered with 4GB of RAM inside. All of the models launched running Android 5.0 with ASUS' Zen UI on top.

While the tablets were rather easily accessible within the US from retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, it was only recently that they made their way across the pond. As of mid-August, retailers like Currys/PC World, Amazon UK, Tesco, SDG and others are now selling various models of the ZenPad S tablets.

While this is clearly not a tablet for gamers, anyone looking for a casual browsing tablet for video and the occasional game could do a whole lot worse than this tablet, and probably spend more in the process. Overall this is a great tablet at a price point that should excite a lot of people, and serves as further evidence that a reckoning is coming for those companies whose price tags aren't competing in this space.