Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Coming to Rival the iPad Air
The expectations at IFA 2016 are sky-high and smartphone makers are trying to bring out their best devices to show off at the event. At a pre-IFA event today, Asus unveiled one of their tablets, dubbed the Asus ZenPad 3S 10. Asus’s intentions were pretty clear and they want to take on the iPad Air 2 from Apple. Have they done enough to compete against Apple? The specs surely look impressive and is a really well-built device.
The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is just 5.8mm thick, which is 0.2mm less than the iPad Air 2. It weighs only 430 grams which is also lighter in comparison to the iPad Air 2. The display panel is a 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 1536×2048 pixels.
A unique selling point of the Asus ZenPad 3S 10 is its really thin bezels. With a really thin bezel at just 5.32mm, the device has a screen-to-body ratio of 78%. This is in comparison to the 71.65% screen-to-body ratio of the iPad Air 2.
Under the sleek body, we have the MT8176 hexa-core SoC along with 4GB of RAM. The chipset used is one of the latest from MediaTek and will definitely be a decent performer. A really large 5,900mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 provides the juice.
Other interesting features include a fingerprint scanner, dual-speakers with Asus SonicMaster 3.0 Technology, an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The Asus ZenPad 3S 10 comes with 32GB/64GB of internal storage which can be further expanded.
The tablet is priced at around EUR 379 at launch (around $422), which makes it a great option for those looking to get a powerful tablet with awesome performance. A stylus, dubbed as Z Stylus, will also be available as an official accessory, but will be sold separately. Apart from the Asus ZenPad 3S 10, they also launched their brand new ZenWatch 3 with a circular screen.