• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 7” IPS @ 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Processor: Intel Atom X3 Quad-core
  • Connectivity: 2G/3G/WiFi/Bluetooth
  • Memory: 1GB Storage: 16GB
  • Operating System: Android Lollipop 5.1
  • Camera: 2 megapixel
  • Dimensions: 189 x 108 x 8.4 mm Weight: 265 grams
  • Pros:
  • Nice compact design
  • Textured back gives great grip
  • Cons:
  • Not enough RAM
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark
  • Ice Storm: 4,701 points
  • Ice Storm Extreme: 3,214 points
  • PCMark for Android: 2,398 points
  • Antutu: 21,025 points

A Pad Like No Other

Sometimes all you need is style. How one looks, feel and portray is as important as the inside. Yes, that sounds vain, but that is the nature of humans. No one wants to look at you when you are using a cheap-looking tablet. You must be seen with something that will not look out of place in a posh setting. Something like the ZenPad C 7.0.

The smallest of the ZenPad family, the ZenPad C 7.0 is, unsurprisingly, a 7-inch tablet. It is running Android Lollipop 5.0.2, so it is as up to date as you can get. Underneath the hood, it features an Intel Atom X3-C3200 quad-core processor, formerly known as SoFIA. Thanks to this chip, the tablet is able to make calls using 2G/3G networks. It also supports dual SIM slots, so that you can have one Sim for work, and another for play.

The ASUS ZenPad C sports two SIM card slots, and a microSD card reader that allows you to expand its meager built-in storage capacity

The ASUS ZenPad C sports two SIM card slots, and a microSD card reader that allows you to expand its meager 16GB built-in storage capacity

Overall size of the ZenPad is actually very nice. Comparable to a large lady’s wallet or a pocketbook, the ZenPad C is sized nicely in the hand, without feeling overbearing or too large for anyone to use. We wished the bezel could have been a smite thinner, but the IPS panel display is good to look at, even though the resolution is only 1024 x 600 pixels.

Paired with the X3 processor are 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on board storage, expandable with microSD cards, 5-megapixel back sensor with PixelMaster technology, as well as the ZenUI overlay.
An outstanding feature of the ZenPad is the design. First announced with the ZenPad 8.0, the ZenPad C 7.0 shares the leather-like design, making it look like a wallet or pocket book.

A 5.0MP camera adorns the back of the ZenPad C, and users also get ASUS' PixelMaster camera software to help take decent-looking photos

A 5.0MP camera adorns the back of the ZenPad C, and users also get ASUS’ PixelMaster camera software to help take decent-looking photos

However, with all the cool design, it suffers from a fundamental flaw – ASUS only included 1GB of RAM in the specification. This severely affects the day to day running of the tablet. While Android Lollipop can run sufficiently with 1GB of RAM, with the burden of overlays made by manufacturers – the experience suffers greatly.

The tablet can be used for simple internet browsing, video playback and simple games – but for anything more strenuous, it is not a recommended device.

CHIP CONCLUDE:  A pretty looking tablet, marred by low RAM.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

ASUS ZenPad C 7.0