Anyone wondering whatever happened to the seemingly mid-range Asus ZenPad Z8 tablet (ev-) leaked en route to Verizon back in May? Well, it was actually launched with minimal fanfare on America’s largest mobile network shortly after, priced at $250 outright or $150 on-contract.
While it never looked like a game changer for an industry that badly needs one, the ZT581KL offered more than enough bang for the buck of Big Red subscribers to make the rest of the world jealous.
But now there’s also a Z581KL model incoming, branded as the Asus ZenPad 3 8.0, and the carrier and country restrictions are almost certainly lifted this time around. A carbon copy of the VZW-exclusive Z8, the “new” 8-incher will come in two configurations, the higher-end one packing 4GB RAM and accommodating 32GB storage space internally, up from 2 and 16 respectively.
Unfortunately, mum’s the word on pricing, release dates and targeted markets, with a YouTube promo video instead spending a good deal of time hyping up the 2K or QXGA IPS display capable of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution and something called Tru2Life+ technology.
Other (upper) mid-range features include a hexa-core Snapdragon 650 processor, 3G and 4G LTE support, 8 and 2MP cameras, Hi-Definition Audio enhancements, USB Type C connectivity, 4,680 mAh battery, and pre-loaded Android 6.0 Marshmallow software. Not half bad, assuming the price is right.