• Display: 7” IPS display @ 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Processor: Intel Atom X3-C3230
  • Connectivity: 2G/3G/Wifi/Bluetooth
  • Memory: 2GB Storage: 16GB
  • Operating System: Android 5.0
  • Camera: 8 megapixels
  • Dimensions: 189 x 110.9 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight: 272 grams
  • Pros:
  • Compact size
  • IPS Screen
  • Affordable
  • Cons:
  • Laggy processor
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark
  • Ice Storm Extreme: 3,499 points
  • PCMark for Android 2,410 points
  • Antutu : 20,745 points

A Compact Tablet That Makes Calls

Phablets are now part and parcel of our daily digital lives. So are tablets. While the latter is not gaining the number of following as it used to – the allure of owning a tablet is still there. The biggest market for tablets are surprisingly first time smart phone users – transitioning from a feature phone to a full fledged smartphone. ASUS is one of the bigger companies pushing their tablets to the market, and their ZenPad.7.0 is what users want in a tablet – and perhaps a bit more.

From the outset the tablet is quite compact. While many 7 inch tablets feature ungainly bezels at its price point – the Zenpad 7.0 features a surprisingly slim bezel – which in turn makes it compact to hold in one’s hands. While you will not do any one-hand typing with it, it is still slim and compact enough to be held in either hand.

The Intel Atom X processor means what while it is no performance speedster – it can do whatever you can throw at it sufficiently. All this while accepting calls. Yes, the Zenpad 7.0 is also a 3G phone. You can make calls with it – and it doesn’t look too silly putting this tablet up to your ear.

Paired with the X3 processor are 2GBs of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, the aforementioned 7 inch display which features a 800 x 1280 pixel panel, an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel camera on the front, and a snazzy design that features interchangeable panels.

Yes, the tablet comes with an interchangeable back panel – which can be changed with a different coloured panel, or one of the several optional add on extras that ASUS has designed for the Zenpad 7.0. One of which is a 5.1 channel Audio Cover, which adds, well, 5.1 speakers to your tablet. The other optional cover available for the tablet is a power cover, which adds an extra battery onto the tablet.

Using the tablet is pretty nice, as the ergonomics of the design means that you will not suffer cramped hands if you hold it too long in your hands. However the tablet will suffer some jerkiness while using it – as the X3 is not the powerhouse like the other Atom processors. Still, it does it s job at the end of the day and hey, for the price point – it is a great multi-tool smart device for anyone.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great starting smart device or a media consumption secondary device.  Don’t expect Speedy Gonzales performance however.

(previously published in issue October 2015)

ASUS Zenpad 7.0