Verizon unveils the Asus Zenfone Z8, an attractive Android tablet for multimedia consumption
With global tablet sales on a constant decline in the past few years, we haven't seen too many upper-end Android slabs being released in the US as of late. As such, the Asus Zenpad Z8 is a breath of fresh air in a shrinking market, even if its availability is limited to Big Red's subscribers.
The Zenpad Z8 comes with a 7.9-inch IPS display running at 2048 by 1536 pixels. The display has a PPI of 324, a level of sharpness that makes a lot of sense on a multimedia tablet. Another detail that speaks of the multimedia nature of the Verizon Asus Zenpad Z8 are the dual front-facing stereo speakers with DTS-HD support.
Under the hood, Asus has fitted in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650, an upper-end chipset that includes a hexa-core CPU and an Adreno 520 GPU. This SoC is paired with 2GB of RAM and should provide sufficient processing power to ensure smooth video playback as well as a smooth UI performance.
The Asus Zenpad Z8 features 16GB of integrated storage, but users can expand on that via the microSD card slot.
Other key specs include a 2MP primary camera, a USB Type-C connector, a 2MP primary camera, an LTE connection and a listed battery life of 13 hours with average use.
Verizon is pricing the Asus ZenPad Z8 at $250 at outright. Alternatively, users can get the slab through the carrier's equipment installment plan for a little under $11 per month for 24 months. Verizon is already accepting orders for the Zenpad Z8, but shipments will begin on June 23.