Earlier Asus launched the Zenpad Z380KL at zenfestival held at New Delhi along with some other smartphones such as Zenfone 2 Deluxe. The zenpad comes with many features such as Voice calling, 4g support, IPS Display and is priced at INR 14,999/-. We used the Zenpad for about 2 months and Hence here’s our Honest review about it.
Design & Display:
Asus zenpad definitely doesn’t feel cheap despite of plastic body. The tablet looks premium all thanks to the metal grills on the edges. The asus zenpad is definitely heavy weighing about 350 grams. The tablet boasts a 8-inch IPS LED display which is somewhat decent. The display is bright and the viewing angles are good too. On the front the zenpad looks a bit thicker and bulky as there are huge bezels which looks ugly. For portability This 8-inch Tablet isn’t going to score any points from us. The front also hosts a speaker grill whose output is okay-ish but this tablet comes with a special accessory known as audio cover which we will talk about it later in accessory section. Under the backcover there are slots for sim card and memory card along with the accessory connector. The front also hosts a camera which is as good as nothing.
Hardware & Performance:
The zenpad is powered by a Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor ( 1.8 Ghz) and for multitasking there is 2gigs of ram. On the storage part the tab comes with 16gb internal (11gb usable) but can be increased via micro-sd card (upto 128gb). There is a 8mp back camera which is a decent shooter but sometimes clicks blurry pictures. For connectivity it comes with 4g, wifi and calling facilities and the tablet is backed up by a 4000 mAh battery.
Now lets talk about the performance, we played many games and watched hd movies on it and the results were somewhat sad. We tried full hd 1080p Movies on it and the tablet was seen struggling to play it, We also played Asphalt on it and the game was stuttering and there was lags through out the game. The 2gb ram also seems to lack the performance but for low usage and light games this tablet does well.
The zenpad runs on lollipop under the zenui skin and gives us many options to customize the look. The zen ui is fluid and smooth. Overall on the software side the zenpad does fairly well despite of the ui filled with many bloatware. Asus UI is known for its bloatware. Also there are many tweaks for battery, audio and software.
Accessories (Zenpad Audio cover):
Our unit from Asus also came with a special accessory known as “Audiocover”. Asus states the audiocover as “accessory for entertainment that brings 5.1 surround sound. The cover adds six speakers along with a sub woofer to the tablet. Although during our usage the cover picks up dirt marks and is scratch-able. This AudioCover accessory costs additional INR 3000/-.
Well we will recommend this only for people with light amount of usage and for casual surfing and Youtubing. Gamers please stay away. If you are thinking to buy this tablet make sure you buy the audiocover also, It may seem a little bit overpriced but it is worth every penny.