Asus ZenPad Z8s evaluate – CNET

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The small pill is not fully lifeless, at the very least not but. The Asus ZenPad Z8s is a superb little pill that is, sadly, a Verizon unique, that means it isn’t formally obtainable within the UK or Australia, which sucks as a result of anybody searching for a small pill with LTE would not have an awesome number of decisions to start with.

To be honest, many individuals in search of a tool like which have already bitten the bullet and migrated to a big-screen phablet just like the Samsung Galaxy Be aware Eight ($949.99 at

The Eight-inch pill prices $249 off contract or $149 with a two-year contract, making it $10.41 a month for 24 months. LTE service is offered individually and price will depend on your plan. If it ever finds a service in different territories, that off-contract worth could be roughly £190 or AU$320.

The LTE pill is offered solely via Verizon Wi-fi.

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Small, however mighty

The pill’s most spectacular function is its long-lasting battery. After catching up on the 2 newest episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and trying out the pilot of “The Deuce” on Amazon Video, then streaming a handful of various Chicago Artwork Ensemble performances on YouTube — all on LTE — I discovered the battery remained at 100 %. 

Not like with most tablets, I actually needed to attempt to drain the ZenPad Z8s’ battery. In streaming video battery testing it lasted a formidable 13 hours.

The Z8s’s trim aluminum design can be a spotlight. It is casually smooth and transportable, with an aluminum again and metallic sides with matching buttons. It feels and appears like a premium pill, although it is on the inexpensive facet of the pill spectrum.


The facility button and quantity rocker are textured. 

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One design pet peeve is the dearth of a backlight on the capacitive buttons. Situated on the pill’s backside edge, the capacitive buttons don’t gentle up when touched, making them tough to see at midnight. Moreover, although it prices by way of USB-C, it would not help any sort of quick charging.

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