Asus might be about to give up on smartwatches, but it is still very much in the tablet game. The Chinese company today unleashed two new ZenPad 10 slates, both of which combine midrange specifications with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Tablet sales have been declining rapidly in recent years, with many consumers deciding they can get by just fine with only a smartphone. Even the iPad has been suffering. However, it seems tablet manufacturers are determined not to give up in the hope that sales will one day rise again as slates become more capable and more suitable notebook replacements.
Asus’ new ZenPad 10 lineup is targeting customers who want decent performance and the latest version of Android without the high price tag. Its Z301MFL model is the better of the two, packing a 10.1-inch Full HD display, a quad-core MediaTek MT8735A processor clocked at 1.4GHz, up to 3GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of internal storage.
The device also boasts a metallic design with an “elegant, embossed knit pattern,” DTS-HD Premium Sound with virtual surround sound, dual front-facing speakers, USB-C connectivity, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 4,680mAh battery that promises up to 10 hours of video playback in between charges.
The Z301ML offers an almost identical metallic design with a 10.1-inch display, but its resolution is dropped to 1280×800. It also has a slightly slower MediaTek MT8735W processor clocked at 1.3GHz, but its battery lasts even longer (up to 13 hours). You also get the same 5-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras.
Both tablets ship with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed and will be compatible with Asus’ keyboard dock (sold separately). Asus hasn’t yet confirmed prices or availability, though we expect both devices to be fairly affordable with those specifications.