Two new Asus ZenPad tablets are up for sale at Best Buy: the ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1, and the more affordable ZenPad C 7.0 Z170C-A1. These tablets slot in below the higher-end ZenPad S Z580CA that Geoff examined recently.
Let's start with the Z580C-B1. The star of the show is an 8," 2048×1536 4:3 screen, good for 320 PPI. Intel's Moorefield Atom Z3530 CPU powers this tablet. It's got four cores that can run at up to 1.33GHz, alongside PowerVR G6430 integrated graphics.
The Z580C-B1 comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, and a microSDXC card slot that can accept cards up to 128GB. The 15.2-Wh battery is claimed to be good for 8 hours of use. 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 5MP rear and 2MP front cameras round out the basic specifications. Asus ships the Z580C-B1 with Android 5.0 (decked out with its ZenUI skin).
This ZenPad measures in at 6.9 mm thick and 317 g, which makes it slightly lighter and thinner than Apple's iPad mini 3. At $200, this tablet seems like a potential spiritual successor to the Nexus 7.
The Z170C-A1 features 1GB of RAM and 16GB of flash storage, which can be expanded with microSDHC cards as big as 64GB. The cameras on this model are basic—a 2MP rear snapper and a 0.3MP selfie shooter. The rest of the specs are similar to its bigger cousin. The Z180C-A1 weighs 265 g, and its body is 8.4 mm thick.