Asus intros the ZenPad 3S 10, a new Android tablet to rival the iPad Air

Asus intros the ZenPad 3S 10, a new Android tablet to rival the iPad Air
Update: The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 will cost EUR 379 at launch, which translates to roughly $422.

At a pre-IFA 2016 event today, Asus unveiled the ZenPad 3S 10 ‏(model number Z500M), a brand new Android tablet that will try to take on Apple's iPad Air 2.

Made out of aluminum, the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 weighs 430 grams, is 5.8 mm thin, and - just like the iPad Air - sports a 9.7-inch IPS display with 1536 x 2048 pixels. Thanks to what Asus is calling "the world’s thinnest bezel at only 5.32 mm" (we'll have to check that), the ZenPad 3S 10 offers a 78% screen-to-body ratio. For those wondering, the Apple iPad Air 2 offers a 71.65 % screen-to-body ratio.  

The ZenPad 3S 10 is powered by a hexa-core MT8176 processor - one of the newest from MediaTek. Coupled with the 4 GB of on-board RAM, this chipset should do a decent job at handling all the tasks you throw at it. The new tablet features fingerprint scanner, dual speakers (enhanced with Asus' SonicMaster 3.0 technology and virtual 7.1-channel surround sound), an 8 MP PixelMaster rear camera with Low Light mode, and a 5 MP front-facing camera. Furthermore, there's 32 GB or 64 GB of built-in storage space, plus 5 GB of lifetime Asus Web storage space, and 100 GB of Google Drive storage space for 2 years. A 5900 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 is also included. Right now, the ZenPad 3S 10 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI, but we hope it will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat at some point.

Asus didn't reveal the price of the ZenPad 3S 10, and neither its release date, though we assume we're going to hear more on this soon. A Z Stylus pen will be available as an official accessory (sold separately).

The ZenPad 3S 10 is the second new Android device announced by Asus at IFA 2016, the other one being the ZenWatch 3 (which sports a circular screen and runs Android Wear 2.0).


source: Asus

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19 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

That's nice!

2. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Why MediaTek?

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I did try out the new MediaTek SOC in the Sony Xperia XA Ultra. The interface is exceptional smooth without the need to reduce the animation to x0.5. So will wait for its gaming benchmark before totally dismissing it.

3. JustWantNewPhone

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 04, 2016

Agree! and It seem strange using Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 in MediaTek CPU.

4. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

The Asus 3s 10 Tablet was already announced in June in Taiwan . And it's already available here in Germany since last week priced at 379eur Link to the German online shop AS a proof:http://www.mediamarkt.de/de/product/_asus-zenpad-3s-10-2161744.html?uympq=vpqr&forceDeviceId=-11&rbtc=%7C%7C%7C%7Cp%7C%7C&gclid=Cj0KEQjwgJq-BRCFqcLW8_DU9agBEiQAz8Koh1EFLdPYQt8bmKzcwHOt27HrwsRWeT6SLDPOhOYFMg4aAka-8P8HAQ

5. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Well, i was pretty hyped until i´ve seen MTK. Design-wise its Samsung front baked in iPad body. Looks decent,but iPad Air 2 isnt too far when it comes to price,,so its still better option.

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Processor/battery (besides charging speed) barely match the Air 1

7. dubaiboy78

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Mediatek? Failed !!!!

9. pankajxdx unregistered

Destroy their exclusive design/look, and their premium tag looses it's value.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Meh, just another bastardized ARM tablet...

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just as expected it's a bastardized ARM tablet to you but to me it's a computing device /w phone capability that weight 430g.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Problem is, I can get a Windows tab that fits all of the above specifications, will easily accomplish all of the proclaimed tasks plus a lot more, and can still dual boot Android without costing any extra...paying the same price for less doesn't make sense to me.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So which win tab had a QHD screen 9.7" inch screen with a 78% screen to body ratio, weight 430g price below $422 with phone capability? I know some Chinese OEM has dual boot atom processor windows Android Tab that lose phone capability in Windows mode. To me it's defeat my purpose. A reputable brand is also a must for me to part my money.

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"I know some Chinese OEM has dual boot atom processor windows Android Tab that lose phone capability in Windows mode" What do you mean by lose phone capability? Making VOIP calls is nothing new to Windows. There's WhatsApp, Viber, Rebtel, etc, so, not sure what you mean. If brand is a must for you, you'll need to do more searching for 2nd hand options...

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Phone capability is making land line call with sim card. If you Windows tab could do every thing why do you need to buy a smartphone?? With a Android Tab you could do away with a smartphone altogether. Android tab is just smartphone with a nice bigger screen.

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

A Surface Pro can't fit inside my pocket and go everywhere with me in the field. Still need the Smartphone form-factor for this situation (this is part of what I'm expecting a Surface Phone to solve). Other than that, I take my Surface Pro most places I go. Also, to make/receive landline calls, there's Skype integrated, simply get Skype credits and a Skype phone number. To use from anywhere, get a cellular data plan from carrier and an LTE USB stick. If you don't want to change your phone number and just want to move SMS/phone calls to a Windows tab, there are programs for that, like shown here ( https://goo.gl/Oualbv ). However, I have no use of that when my OnePlus One is near.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I also find you to be contradicting. You dislike Windows 10 but discourage people from exploring alternative computing device. Very strange indeed. I have nothing against Windows tab. I own one, I also have a high end Windows 10 gaming Notebook and recently upgraded my desktop GPU to GTX 1070. Would like a GTX 1080 but the price performance does not justify it. So why the hate on Android tab? To not buy one is understandable but to lash out on every Android tab article is hate.

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I didn't say you shouldn't buy android tabs, I simply expressed my opinion about it, go ahead and do what you want with your money. Again, I simply see no point in paying the same price for less. As much issues as Windows 10 has, it still remains miles ahead of ARM tablets IMO. Just 'cause I hate parts of it doesn't mean I hate it all. Same applies vice versa, just 'cause I much prefer it doesn't mean I wouldn't criticize it where it's lacking. TLDR: I'm simply no mindless worshipper/hater of any brand/platform.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, personally I buy what I like, be it Android tab or smart watches. Since you claim you are not a hater, than let move on as there's nothing new to be learned. You just make me more determined to buy a new Android tab this year.

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