Unboxing and Review ASUS Zenpad 8 Z380KL


Today ASUS Zenfone Blog will review about ASUS ZenPad 8. Asus has been one of the earliest Android tablets maker. They started with Transformer series, Nexus, Memopad series and FonePad series. And now the Taiwanese company brought its “Zen” brand to their new tablet range, ZenPad series. Will it bring success like the ZenFone Series ?

On this post we will talk about ZenPad 8, Zenpad 8 launched at June 2015. Running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC, the specs is quite same with ZenFone Selfie but have bigger battery, so it’s bring ZenFone experience with larger screen.

Look and Design

The ZenPad 8 Z380KL has a thin and slim design which is fairly comfortable and easy to carry. The Zenpad 8 dimension is 209 x 123 x 8.5 mm and 350g in weight. The Zenpad 8 has an 8-inch screen display with 1280×800-pixel screen with 16:10 aspect ratio. ZenPad speaker is at the top which supported by DTS sound.

ZenPad 8 comes with leather style back cover which made by plastic and has a thin metalic strip around the screen which gives luxury look. The power button and volume buttons are on the right side of the tablets, micro USB and 3.5mm ports are on the top. The rear cover is removable for accessing microSD and SIM slot.
Under the back cover there are micro-SIM slot which support 4G connection and microSD slots, as well as a connector for Audio Cover which you can buy separately. 

Example of ZenPad Audio Cover (From Zenpad Z370)

Specifications

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ASUS ZenPad 8 Z380KL Specifications
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0 (Lollipop)
Display8″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen
IPS Panel
10 finger multi-touch support
Corning® Gorilla® Glass1
Anti-fingerprint coating
Full lamination
ASUS Tru2Life Technology
CPUQualcomm® MSM8929 Octa-Core, 64bit
Qualcomm® MSM8916 Octa-Core, 64bit
Memory1GB/2GB/3GB
Storage8GB/16GB/32GB
5GB Life Time ASUS Webstorage Space
100GB of Google Drive space for 2 years.
GraphicAdreno 306 (MSM8916)/405(MSM 8929)
Network Standard2G
EDGE/GSM
3G
WCDMA
850MHz(5)/900MHz(8)/1900MHz(2) /2100MHz(1)
LTE(CAT4) Mbps
4G
LTE
800(20)/850(5)/900(8)/1800(3)/1900(2)/2100(1)/2600(7)
Wireless Data NetworkWLAN802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth V4.0
Support Miracast
Camera2 MP Front Camera
5 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus*1
8 MP Rear Camera with Auto-Focus*1
Audio1 x Front Speaker with DTS HD Premium Sound, Supports aptX®
Interface1 x Micro USB
1 × 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x Micro SD Card Reader, up to 64GB SDXC
1 x Micro SIM Slot
SensorG-Sensor/ E-compass/ Hall sensor/ light Sensor
Battery10 hours battery life; 15.2Wh Li-polymer Battery*3
NavigationGPS, GLONASS & AGPS
ColorBlack, White, Aurora Metallic
Dimensions209 x 123 x 8.5 mm (LxWxH)*5
Weight350 g

Benchmarking 

Benchmark score on ZenPad Z380KL is quite good, with arround 29.000 on Antutu benchmark.

On 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited ZenPad 8 Scores 7580

CPU Z Information


Camera

We don’t expect much from tablet camera, but ZenPad 8 equipped with 8MP camera without flash. The result is good too for Tablet camera, ZenPad 8 also has camera features like Zenfone series.


User Interface

ASUS ZenPad 8 runs Android 5.0 with ZenUI overlay. The interface is same with another ASUS Smartphones. The UI is comfortable to use, fast, and lag free. Thanks to 3GB RAM which makes this Tablet can do a lot multitasking without lagging.

Gaming Test

We do some gaming test, ZenPad 8 runs well with a little bit lag on Asphalt 8 but still playable and Mortal Combat X Runs very well without lag. You can see on video below :

Verdict

ZenPad 8 Z380KL is a decent tablets with luxurious style and good performance. Even who use tablets without having smartphones will happy with this device. Also you can buy the Audio cover to make this tablet to media device which you can watch movie or listening to music with it’s DTS technology. ZenPad 8 use ZenUI interface which easy to use and very good in response. Zenpad 8 also support USB OTG, MicroSD up to 64GB.

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