Waiting for a tablet that can be touted as a worthy successor to Samsung’s once premium Galaxy Tab S? Then, your wishes might be getting answered; not by Samsung however. The brand under review is ASUS. Even though not a highly praised and acknowledged tablet manufacturer, ASUS has, in the past released some stellar tablets and it seems that the company wants to continue their legacy. July 12, 2016, will mark the release of another ASUS tablet, a 9.7-inch one to be precise, called the ASUS ZenPad 3s. If the leaked specs are to be considered, it seems that the device can bag the title of being the most high-end Android tablet of this year (overlooking Pixel C of 2015, of course).
The last ASUS tablet that turned heads was ZenPad S 8.0 of last year and even though ASUS has a slightly awry naming convention (cough, ZenPad 2 S?) but the spec sheets and price makes all that awkwardness go away. The ZenPad S 8.0 boasted a wider 8.0-inch 2048×1560 screen however with the ZenPad 3s ASUS has decided to take things up a notch in terms of size and resolution. The 9.7-inch panel might either come bearing a resolution of either 2560×1536 or an iPad retina like display with a resolution of 2160×1440.
The rest of the leaked specifications include 4 GB of RAM which has a massive 5,900 mAh battery for support. There is some confusion about the processor department as the initial leaks pointed towards a hexacore chip, the MediaTek 8176 which is inarguably one of the fastest hexacore chip in the market. However, recent leaks pointed that the device will boast Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology and the only SoC to fit the equation is the Snapdragon 650 which is a tad bit slower than the MediaTek offering.
As for the design, the initial teasers show a sleek ASUS tablet in the company’s typical design. However, one thing was amiss and that was the company’s hairline brush design. We hope ASUS is not shifting away from metal to plastic (and it sure can).
The Android Tablet market has been saturated with entry-level and midrange specifications dominating the sector. The release of this tablet would bring ASUS center stage once again in the Tablet business while also bringing a powerful tablet in the market.